“We should whack them [Dell over GNU/Linux dealings], we should make sure they understand our value.”
Summary: Dell shoots back at Microsoft’s false claims about GNU/Linux adoption and return rates
EARLIER THIS YEAR we wrote about Microsoft attacking GNU/Linux — especially in sub-notebooks — using lies. It was fueled by friendly 'analysts' and very friendly 'journalists' — those who always promote Microsoft’s business agenda. GNU/Linux-powered sub-notebooks are causing an enormous pain to Microsoft's business, so the equivalent of “Get the Facts” is all they have left at Microsoft’s headquarters.
Todd Finch, Dell senior product marketing manager, said the number of Linux returns are approximately the same as those for Windows netbooks. He categorized the matter of returns as a “non-issue”.
“They are making something of nothing,” he said of Microsoft’s claims. Finch appeared to be referring to Dell’s own netbook sales.
Here is some more commentary about the subject.
I realize Canonical is trying to be polite and stay to the moral high road, but the issue here is that there is a huge disinformation campaign on that Microsoft is “a changed company” or “finally gets Open Source”, and playing into that by …. generously …. stating Microsoft is “a great company” or “better than that”, is: 1. Just not true. 2. Supporting the lie that Microsoft has changed in some material manner.
So, while it is sad and no surprise Microsoft continues to lie and distort, it is nice to hear from a major player like Dell putting the smack down on FUD.
Here is a good new post from Jack Wallen where he advocates GNU/Linux on sub-notebooks, stressing that “Linux is not going anywhere but up in the netbook market.” ARM-powered devices are on their way to the market.
I’ve read countless Microsoft-funded “studies” trying to persuade me that Windows is already dominating the netbook space. According to these studies, Linux might as well just take a curtain call because its act is over in the world of netbooks. That is simply not true. If it were, Asus wouldn’t be selling netbooks with Linux preinstalled.
When Windows 7 comes to market, the Starter Edition will be conceived especially for notebooks. As they did for Windows XP, Microsoft has come up with a list of technical limitations.
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