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Why Africa gets the IBM-Ubuntu bundle and you do not

Sep 24, 2009, 06:32 (1 Talkback[s])
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"The short version is that IBM and Canonical (Ubuntu's commercial arm) are mainly going to load the software on government and ISP servers, then wait for the clients to come to them.

"This is not how developed markets work. Developed markets work through distribution. Vendors must invest heavily to push product through the channel, as well as support it. This is why Taiwanese OEMs abandoned Linux for Windows last year."

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