Originally Posted by nht
She's full of it. Her only comeback is that linux users are faking their user agents.
Where exactly does she say that specifically?
In light of what she actually wrote, this appears no more substantial than the other tidbit you contributed:
Dude works for Red Hat in case you're wondering about bias. He does bag on Canonical a bit but in many cases it's deserved.
Yes, the readers here may have wondered about that and thank you for admitting his bias.
RedHat has done well in recent years, garners major installations like the US Army and doubling their market cap. But they've lost significant ground to Ubuntu, which among other things drives Google:http://content.dell.com/us/en/gen/d/...68&lid=1491495
As for the faulty "very high rate of return" meme about netbooks, a little more research reveals that the meme comes from stats from just one manufacturer, MSI, because they advertised the price difference boldly but failed to explain that those machines were running an OS that was very different from Windows.
Smarter companies see a very different trend:
Mini 9 Netbook Running Ubuntu Returned Less Than XP
According the recent sales figures by Dell, the Inspiron Mini 9 netbook running Ubuntu Linux has been remarkably successful and experienced supremely low return-rates.
Unfortunately, MSI has been returned a great deal of its netbooks by consumers. A few months ago its MSI Wind netbooks running SuSE Linux brought in return rates four times greater than those of Wind netbooks running XP.
Dell’s Jay Pinkert, however, is pleased with Linux sales: “A third of our Mini 9 mix is Linux, which is well above the standard attach rate for other systems that offer Linux.”
Dell has also publicly stated for their customers that Linux is safer than Windows:http://www.thevarguy.com/2010/06/10/...-than-windows/
As for the netbook market overall, it's true that the rate of growth is smaller than it was last year when growth in that segment was so often described as explosive, but note that sales are still growing
year over year:
Netbook Sales to Reach 36 Million in 2010
Last year, the netbook market practically boomed, showing an incredibly fast growth, and the segment has since continued rising as a fairly rapid pace. Still, the rate of growth appears to be slowing down, mostly because the market is starting to get saturated. Still, the amount of shipments is expected to rise for a while still, and Techaisle believes that this year, as a whole, will yield a 13% growth compared to 2009 in terms of sales.
Meanwhile, Microsoft is not without its netbook issues:
Why Windows 7 on Netbooks Won’t Save Microsofthttp://www.roughlydrafted.com/2009/0...ave-microsoft/
Still, anyone enjoying a Microsoft OS on a netbook can thank Linux: before netbooks started shipping with Linux, Microsoft's OEM pricing was more than twice what is it now.
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Look, we get it: you don't like Ubuntu. Millions of others feel differently, and at least a few readers here find your obsessive agenda against Ubuntu fascinating.