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Microsoft: Yep, we teach Best Buy to trash Linux (DailyFinance)

Sep 10th 2009 3:02AM "Windows market share in the netbook PC space has grown to more than 93% worldwide"

I've heard that before and amazingly, no-one ever seems to question it. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

1. NPD sales data (which I believe is the basis for Microsoft's figures) only takes in the retail channel (over the counter sales) and does not capture any online netbook sales, ie. NPD is re-tail not e-tail.

2. How does this reconcile with Dell's statement that 30% of its netbooks shipped are Linux machines? Dell is one of the largest e-tailers of PCs.

3. Microsoft have their own 'definition' of netbook which excludes sub-10.1" display devices. The majority of linux netbooks have screen sizes of 10" or less.

At best Microsoft is being economical with the truth, at worst, they're perpetuating a lie. I'll leave it to you to judge which one.

Microsoft 'indoctrinates' Best Buy workers with anti-Linux 'lies' (DailyFinance)

Sep 10th 2009 2:51AM "The second paragraph of this piece implies that Linux supports iTunes, Zune, Quicken, Photoshop, and Office 2007; while some Linux users can use those programs with the help of additional software, it is the case that Linux does not offer out-of-the-box, native support for these programs."

I really don't like it when the press takes this point of view. An entirely plausible but opposite viewpoint is this:

"while some Linux users can use those programs with the help of additional software, it is the case that the manufacturers of these programs do not offer versions that run natively on Linux."

In my mind there is a big difference in how the same message can be framed.

Up close with the Eee PC - part 2: Installing unsupported programs (Download Squad)

Nov 6th 2007 12:19PM Is it possible to install any linux distro on to it, eg. a user's favourite distro?