[Bug 1] Re: Microsoft has a majority market share
david3333333 at gmail.com
Wed Dec 10 21:07:21 UTC 2008
Completely true. Here in northern New Jersey, USA, I couldn't find a
computer with Ubuntu. I couldn't find one with any Linux distribution. I
couldn't find one with a blank hard drive. I couldn't even find one
without Windows XP - they all have Vista. The incredible thing about
Microsoft is that they're getting away with forcing Vista down their
customers' throats (those guys who created New Coke are laughing at
Microsoft for making stupid business mistakes - at least they got rid of
New Coke quickly). They're also getting away with charging $500 for
Microsoft Office 2008, which mostly has programs most people won't need
(most people will only use Word, and occasionally Excel and PowerPoint).
Microsoft's incredible mistake is abusing their customers' requirement
to buy their products. Microsoft has scared people into sticking with
them forever, and has tried to shoot down every competitor they've ever
had, and they've succeeded every time (except with Apple, which is
starting to do well because of Microsoft's screw-ups). And if you read
the Halloween Documents (Microsoft's secret memos about taking down
open-source software, which were leaked by an unknown source to Erik S.
Raymond - Google it, they're very interesting), you'll see what an evil
corporation Microsoft is. Before I'd read it, Microsoft seemed like
nothing more than an evil company, but after reading these, I suddenly
understood how big and powerful Microsoft is.
Microsoft has even scared the computer manufacturers into staying with
them. Dell is the only company that offers any other operating system,
which is Ubuntu. Everyone else is scared about what Microsoft will do to
All in all, it seems as though the only company that makes computers for
profit and doesn't screw up at it is Apple, which uses the open-source
Darwin operating system they created as the base of OS X. Apple is also
very willing to let others use Linux on their computers, and puts no
restrictions on it.
It's impossible to find a computer without Vista on it around here. I've
looked everywhere, and it's just not here. Not one with Ubuntu, or even
a choice of Ubuntu, or even a choice of buying a computer and not having
to pay for Vista. If I buy a computer, I should have the option of
purchasing a machine without Windows on it.
If Microsoft does try to continue shoving software people don't want
down their throats and charging them lots of money for it, they will
lose to open-source software. I already know lots of people who have
switched to Firefox and OpenOffice.org instead of Internet Explorer and
Microsoft Office. They are going to lose, and this bug will be fixed.
Maybe not soon, but eventually
Microsoft has a majority market share
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