Sub-notebooks dumping strategy against GNU/Linux
According to this new audiocast
[OGG] from Dave Rosenberg, Matt Asay, and an unnamed guest, Microsoft is allegedly giving Windows for just $5 to be put on sub-notebooks where/if they are assembled in China (listen to it starting at the 20th minute). We previously heard about no-cost Windows and also suspected a $19-29 price tag. The pricing of ASUS products raised suspicions yesterday, but finally we receive some answers through the grapevine. Microsoft’s margins are shrinking very fast thanks to competition and it is not quite so sustainable.
Also mentioned in this audio (17th minute onwards) is something that wasn’t exactly intended to be published, much like those financial games. Novell’s marketing director does not like BrainShare and cost-saving is a factor that effected his decision to cancel it, not just the poor demand. █
The real value of Microsoft Windows: $5, not $500