[maemo-users] Nokia netbook

From: lakestevensdental lakestevensdental at verizon.net
Date: Wed Sep 2 03:50:57 EEST 2009
Gary wrote:
> lakestevensdental wrote:
>> but there's no Linux marketing agent to sit down at the 
>> table with Nokia and some cell provider to cut a deal.
> These companies would probably disagree:
> http://www.canonical.com/partners
> http://www.novell.com/linux/partners.html
> http://www.xandros.com/products/oem/
> http://www.redhat.com/partners/hardwarepartners
> http://www.mandriva.com/enterprise/en/partners/oem
  Not to disrespect the good work these folks do, they just don't have 
the marketing clout of having Microsoft sitting at the table on your 
side talking to some big telecom company.  As much as Linux folks wish 
to believe otherwsie, it's marketing, not necessarily function, that 
guides most of the marketplace growth. Witness how VHS beat out Beta in 
video tape, though Beta was a better product.  Microsoft has firmly 
taken over IBMs 1980s acronym of Inferior But Marketable. 

  This nitpicking about Linux vs MS OS offerings aside, IMHO, Linux is 
never going to make its mark as a major market OS until somehow it 
offers a top end gaming platform equal to (and ideally compatible with) 
what Microsoft offers the PC world.  

  Linux folks should just be glad that the marketing wizards at 
Microsoft haven't figured out they could go a long ways to crushing the 
Linux world out of existance and reasserting themselves as the dominant 
player if they offered their lastest OS as an upgrade for something like 
$25/unit to all END USERS (not just OEMs).  With such a move, MS could 
quickly consolidate virtually all of it's market to a single OS for it 
to manage instead of 3 or 4 different OSs with 3 or more flavors a 
piece.  Thankfully, they seem lost in the forest as much as anyone on 
some issues... 
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