According to Allchin, most customers who buy a new computer outfitted with Linux instead of Windows are doing it solely as a cost-cutting measure. They avoid the Windows license fee at the cash register when they ask for systems with Linux preinstalled. Once they get the hardware home, however, that Linux OS is quickly erased and replaced with a pirated copy of Windows -- often within 24 hours.
I found it hard to believe that people are buying Linux machines only to avoid paying extra for Windows. I mean yeah there are going to be a few people that do it, but I dont think it is the only reason they are.
So, I did some searching, and I found four comparable machines (2 Linux pre-installed and 2 Windows pre-installed) from two different vendors and the Linux pre-installed were more expensive than the the Windows pre-installed by around $200 to $400. Granted the sample is very small, but I am to lazy to continue looking for more examples. Plus I do not want to be too tempted to purchase another machine.
I also would like to know how they know that people are "flipping" the OS's within 24 hours. Are they running a phone survey to new PC owners?
As far as the servers go, yeah MS is pretty much screwed.