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Hmmmm....why didn't they stick with DR-DOS?
You mean the pattern of the world choosing MS-Windows, of course.
There was no app barrier to entry. There was no OS barrier to entry. There was no OEM barrier to entry.
And there never will be. An OEM will sell what the public demands. If that OEM has already willingly agreed to sell only Windows, other OEMs will pop up rapidly to service a real need that will hopefully earn them a profit.
If enough business leaders were convinced of Linux' ability to sell, a dozen ads all over.
Who's doing the snookering?
Why did those deep discounts matter?
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This is a wrong view, IMO, rapskat. Every product does have an equal opportunity to compete if there is no law or such restricting it's distribution. There are no laws that prevent...
Only 8 disgruntled cola nuts feel that way. The rest of the world has been working away for 14 years on their Windows machines.
And as a byproduct of MS winning, you personally won: the huge adoption of Windows drove hardware prices down so that even Linux freeloaders could afford them.
Consider it took Linux about the same eight years to produce a distro that was even moderately successful at recognizing current hardware and providing a satisfactory and rebutturing install experience.
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Well, if you just working on Windows machines randomly then that still would likely be true. :) Windows machines, due to malware and registry rot if nothing else...
Their products are the most discussed and dissected on the planet. All the flaws are revealed almost immediately after they're released. People adapt to the flaws, or reject Windows (note this rarely happens).
20,000 beta testers willingly devoting their time and expertise to help improve the next version of the world's most important and widely-used computer OS.
No such thing. OEMs are free to sell what they want.
Maybe. I think it'll be a big hit.
Where is Beagle again?
Surely you can provide proof better than a large belch.
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snips says... I suspect you meant ActiveX. An amusing little page on the subject starts off "ActiveX...
What does "extension" mean? Car makers don't own car dealerships.
Not any moreso than is observed in other maker-vendor relationships: franchisors - franchisees. bookstores - publishers. auto makers - auto dealers. food makers - grocers. Etc etc.
Any smart company places limitations on how, when and where its products can be sold. Otherwise you get Linux (Linspire) - stacked messily in wire bins next to the motherboards at MicroCenter, and given away with a mobo or hard drive purchase.