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Old 11-04-2013, 11:25 PM   #46
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Originally Posted by Randicus Draco Albus View Post
You left out how he and Allen destroyed the competition that refused to be bought out. It was not just promotion. It was also "an aggressive business strategy."
Very true
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Originally Posted by TobiSGD View Post
You get it backwards. It is commercial software not supporting Linux.
You're correct, but the intent was more simple and I think you know that.
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Bill Gate s actually sold the License for MSDos to IBM for a tidy sum. With freedom to install it on anything and anywhere.

This lead to the way for "IBM Compatibles".

What IBM overlooked was Gatesy' wavered his rights to sell MSDos. That didn't eliminate giving it away. Which is exactly what he did. And before too long, every 15 year old had an operating system for free, with which to develop on. Whathappened? Development! Within a few years the store were full of this developed software.

At this time, and to this day, you have to buy a license to develop for Apple.

And Windows was easy to pirate. Which proliferated development. All attempts to limit piracy only made it to those that mattered. Businesses with money and a support requirement.

Consumers noticed this, and wanted to buy hardware that ran the huge slection.

Apple on the other hand went at the Schools market hard.

Microsofts argument against Apple was "Do you want a serious IBM "Busines Machine" or a toy that the kids are using in Grade School"? It worked!
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My opinion is that linux has a low market desktop share and companies like Adobe and others are bias because they feel they couldn't make money from it OR maybe because we use linux that we are too cheap to buy their commercial products. Well, we are not that cheap and we would buy commercial products for linux if is good or is needed.

My second opinion is lack of advertisements. Companies like Novel, Red Hat, Canonical and system76 can afford to advertise linux desktops, servers and etc to the public via TV and radio commercials.

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Remember also that operating systems, are, well, systems. You buy "the whole enchilada" to get "the whole enchilada." It's just like a car in the sense that "you don't 'buy' the transmission ... even though you can't go anywhere without one."

Microsoft, in particular, sells a very tightly-integrated suite of software products which run on their Windows OS and, with a very few exceptions, nothing else. In doing this, they're free to put the components anywhere they need to be including the kernel itself. They can, and do, integrate the products very seamlessly into the user-interface shell and so forth. And this is what so many businesses have purchased: not just "the Windows OS," but "a business software suite for which Windows is a means to an end." It's not a bad strategy, and it has earned them a lot of money. Their only drawback is that Microsoft has no control over the hardware. They licensed their system, as Steve Jobs once put it, "promiscuously."

Apple took a hardware-oriented approach that is even more "tight." But they don't have any particular suite of software to go with it. Instead, they strictly control (license ...) what software is and is not allowed to go with it. The underlying OS is Darwin (open-source Unix), but what matters is everything else that's on top.

Linux, of the three, is very different. It's an "enabling technology," really. It runs on over 25 very-different hardware platforms and it is full of options. You can run a mainframe with it, and you can run an air conditioner. Or, as "Android," millions of phones, tablets, music players and so-forth.

So, if you talk "popularity" but assume "PC-class machine," then you've completely missed the most important point. Microsoft, for example, has used the "Windows" brand-name to describe several very-different operating systems, one for each type of hardware platform, because they don't have "one Ring to rule them all." Whereas Linux is that "one Ring," and that is the primary reason why it exists and why it was built this way.

They're all three "different," and they're all three equally "valid" and quite $ue$$ful.

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