[maemo-users] Nokia netbook

From: Alexandru Cardaniuc cardaniuc at gmail.com
Date: Sat Sep 5 01:32:48 EEST 2009
lakestevensdental <lakestevensdental at verizon.net> writes:

> 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...

I wouldn't use Windows if it was offered for free. A lot of people get
new versions of Windows free with new computer and still install Ubuntu.
The price of the license is far from the only reason people choose Linux
over Windows. From my opinion, you couldn't be more wrong :)

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- Roger Jones
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