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Microsoft Antitrust: "The Linux Threat on the Desktop" (2006) and Predatory Response

Jan 22, 2009, 19:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Roy Schestowitz)

"Wal-Mart's proximity to Microsoft -- and by association to Novell -- is something that Shane and I discussed before, but today's antitrust evidence comes from 2006 and it reflects on things that were happening behind the scenes when the press was totally unaware. This exhibit is about what Microsoft called "the Linux threat on the desktop." From Exhibit px09617 [PDF] which comes from Microsoft:...

"For Wal-Mart, this GNU/Linux project was really successful. Microsoft remarks: "Their goal with Lindows was to hit a very low price point - if it sold, they would keep it, if it didn't they would dump it after 90-120 days. It's selling." In fact, it was also selling later on when Walmart began offering gOS PCs (2007), but we lack evidence to show if Microsoft was involved. It did look highly suspicious at the time.

"Microsoft also writes: ""Naked PCs" (no O/S) are still outselling Linux PCs (but not by much)..."

"Let us remember that Microsoft said it was "scared" of GNU/Linux". It called it a "huge threat"."

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