Peter G (sinetimore) wrote,
Peter G
sinetimore

Who Do You Want To Shaft Today?

Phase 1:

The head of IBM's tech development recently started stumping for Win7.  He said people with XP should get rid of it, because "who wants to maintain three different OS's"?  Then he said that Win7 would make you forget everything, it is that impressive and does everything you could want.

Phase 2:

There's a website called "It's Better With Windows" that talks about how great the PC experience is Windows.  Asus, which makes the EEE PC and was the first major vendor to actually release a Linux PC to the general public, has a link to the site on the EEE PC sites.  Yes, the same one that come with Linux.

The EEE bugged me for a while, since Asus not only went with Xandross, a dark Linux, but they were actually paying a little extra to M$ for each Linux EEE sold (M$ already gets a cut from Xandross thanks to their patent swap deal).  When they pushed forward with plans to put out a larger screen just so they could make XP run on it, it was obvious that Asus was not Linux's friend.  But now, I believe this is the first vendor to actively participate in the Windows stump campaign directly from its sales web site.

Something big is coming if vendors are starting to drift in this direction.  The question is, what?
Tags: computers, digital rights, foss, linux, open source
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