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Be-CEO Gassee about Microsoft practices and Linux

Branko Collin writes:

In his column in the weekly Be Newsletter Jean-Louis Gassee,
president of Be, the company that makes the BeOS, discusses the way
Microsoft makes sure a PC manufacturer will think twice before
letting the system boot with anything but Windows.

At some point he discusses how this affects Linux:

One suspects that Linux suffers from the same fealty to
Microsoft’s licensing strictures. Linux is the culmination of 30
years of development by the Unix community. Surely an OEM can’t
complain about Linux’s quality or its price: It’s good, and it’s
free. If Microsoft licensees are as free to choose as Microsoft
claims they are, why isn’t Linux factory installed on *any* PC? If
you randomly purchase 1,000 PC clones, how many have any OS other
than Windows loaded at the factory? Zero.

But what about all these announcements from companies such as
IBM, Dell, and others? A few URLs are supplied here for your
convenience:

http://www.dell.com/products/workstat/ISV/linux.htm

http://www.compaq.com/isp/news_events/index.html

http://www.compaq.com/newsroom/pr/1998/wa111298a.html

http://www.hp.com/pressrel/jan99/27jan99.htm

http://www.hp.com/pressrel/jan99/27jan99b.htm

http://www.software.ibm.com/data/db2/linux/

If you parse the statements, Linux is offered and supported on
servers, not on PCs. Another IBM story is that installation is to
be performed by the reseller on some PCs or laptops, not by IBM at
the factory.