[Gllug] Microsoft was distributing Ubuntu

Bernard Peek bap at shrdlu.com
Mon Jun 25 22:11:27 UTC 2007

In message <20070625095045.GC8109 at bitfolk.com>, Andy Smith 
<andy at lug.org.uk> writes
>Hi Martyn,
>On Mon, Jun 25, 2007 at 10:43:00AM +0100, Martyn Drake wrote:
>> On 25/06/07, Richard Turner <richard at zygous.co.uk> wrote:
>> > How? What would they muscle-in on? Do you imagine that "Microsoft Linux
>> > 2007" would be a big success? If it was, how would it make them revenue?
>> The usual way when it comes to Linux - support?
>Do you feel that Windows support is currently a profit centre for

Yes it is. They don't make a lot of money from selling Windows, except 
to the home users who will pay full price. They make a lot of money from 
selling books and training-courses. If they write a few nice apps and 
port MS Office to Linux they will clean up. They have to be planning to 
do it, their OS and Office cash-cows are suffering a lot of 
price-pressure from the free alternatives. Bill Gates is no fool and he 
knows that he can make more money from Linux than from writing his own 
OS. As soon as I saw the new license agreement for SQL Server 2000 I 
knew that Microsoft was starting up an exit plan.

>If it isn't (and I'm fairly sure it's not), wouldn't it be rather a
>huge departure from their current strategy, and if they were going
>to do it then wouldn't they start with doing it for Windows first?

It would be entirely consistent with Microsoft's previous business 
practises for them to produce their own GPL'd kernel.

Bernard Peek
bap at shrdlu.com

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