[Bug 1] Re: Microsoft has a majority market share

Conrad Knauer atheoi at gmail.com
Thu Jul 26 09:54:30 UTC 2007

Fonss wrote: "I get tired of reading soo many blogs, but I wish I could
read all of this quickly. Can we put some effort in the text to speech

Its maybe not quite what you want, but there's a frontend for the
festival speech synthesizer called "Fala" which can be downloaded as a
DEB from here: http://sourceforge.net/projects/fala  You could just copy
and paste the text in there and set it to read.

Tama00 wrote: "Where is it written that Linux or the GNU organistation
wanted to dominate the market share for desktop operating systems? [...]
Untill Linus himself says, "Linux was created to take microsofts market
share" will be the day untill i beleive what is said here."

http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Linus_Torvalds quotes him as saying:

"Really, I'm not out to destroy Microsoft. That will just be a
completely unintentional side effect."


Tama00 continued: "Microsoft being number 1 on the OS is NOT A BUG."

It makes for a catchy title for the bug, but if you read the
description, M$ is just the largest example of the real problem, "Non-
free software", which "is holding back innovation in the IT industry,
restricting access to IT to a small part of the world's population and
limiting the ability of software developers to reach their full
potential, globally. This bug is widely evident in the PC industry."

So "Microsoft being number 1 on the OS" is indeed a symptom of the bug
just as much as if Apple were #1.  Currently, IMHO, one of the biggest
gaps in terms of FOSS replacements Ubuntu faces in this regard to this
bug is the lack of a mature Flash-alternative.  Gnash is plodding along
and eventually we'll see it hopefully installed by default.
Alternately, Adobe could get their act together and GPL Flash as Sun did
with Java...  but I'm not holding my breath.  Maybe M$ will scare them
into it by getting some traction with their 'flash killer' "Silverlight"
(though if its anything like their 'iPod Killer' "Zune", Adobe has
nothing to worry about ;)

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