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M$ is feeling heat from Google's Android project. First, they've given HP the right to continue to install XP on machines (yes, the same XP that is going into Extended Service in one week) until 2010, even if it means wiping Windows 7. Now, they are saying that they have 96% of the netbook market. Yes, the same netbook market where Linux rules the roost.

Well, obviously, most netbooks will have XP, since that is the popular software. But that's sold. Here's three key facts to remember:

1) M$ knows exactly how many activation keys they are putting out there.

2) M$ knows exactly which keys are not activated (like the one that came with Kylie, my IBM S10)

3) M$ knows which ones are not being used because they aren't phoning home anymore

Combine this with M$ offering huge discounts on XP to OEM's to put it on netbooks, and you know what? That M$ tax on Kylie because it came with XP? With all the "free" software M$ paid to put on that machine? They actually subsidized the machine, and made it more affordable. They helped put another Linux computer out there.

Thank you, M$. ;-)

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