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01.15.08

Samsung is Down, Lenovo Disappoints with ‘Microsoft Tax’

Posted in Dell, GNU/Linux, Hardware, IBM, Microsoft, Red Hat, Samsung, SLES/SLED, Ubuntu, Vista, Windows at 10:56 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Redefining how Free software is sold through deals and distribution

Recently we took another close look at the Microsoft-Samsung patent deal. We also tried to explain how it harms Free software. According to the news, Samsung has just disappointed the market.

Samsung Electronics Co. said Tuesday that its fourth-quarter net profit fell 6.6 percent amid sharp declines in prices for computer memory chips, though sales of mobile phone handsets surged to a record.

Samsung depended on sales of memory chips for Windows Vista, but the operating system did not sell well. Many of those who were forced to buy it simply do not use it anymore. In many ways, as we have previously shown, there is a strong relationship and dependency that involves Microsoft and Samsung. It is truly a shame that Samsung took took its Microsoft relationship too far by betraying the same developers whose work it benefits from (Linux).

“It is truly a shame that Samsung took took its Microsoft relationship too far by betraying the same developers whose work it benefits from (Linux).”Microsoft relationships aside, have these companies not learned from the railroad system? Are they not aware of what happens when the Trust (as in antitrust) is able to ‘collect’ money from direct competitors (sometimes by rewriting laws)?

The same question can be directed at Novell. Lenovo has begun selling laptops with SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop preinstalled, but the company already certifies the same laptops for Fedora and Ubuntu. Lenovo really ought consider preloading these other GNU/Linux distribution so that people’s needn’t pay 'tax' for mythical patents and intimidation tactics. Even a PC without an operating system would be great. You can find more comments about it here.

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