Seattle Times: Microsoft reports record salesJan 20, 2000, 16:16 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Andrews)
[ Thanks to johan for this link. ]
"Much of the slowdown came from what Microsoft termed "small system builders" - custom PC shops that assemble computers for home and small businesses, and local area networks inside larger enterprises. Overall, sales by original equipment manufacturers, or OEMs, grew just 4 percent to total $1.87 billion...."
"Other factors, including increased competition in the PC business, may have contributed as well. Puget Sound-area "PC clone" shops reported generally robust sales in November and December but said they were seeing increased business from companies requesting "Linux boxes," based on the free Linux operating system, as well as computers with no operating system installed...."
"Clone dealers said the percentage of Linux computers being sold is still small - less than 5 percent. But they say demand is growing. Best Computers in Seattle has hired three technicians to specialize in Linux installations."