[Gllug] Microsoft was distributing Ubuntu

Richard Jones rich at annexia.org
Tue Jun 26 10:48:50 UTC 2007

On Mon, Jun 25, 2007 at 11:11:27PM +0100, Bernard Peek wrote:
> In message <20070625095045.GC8109 at bitfolk.com>, Andy Smith 
> <andy at lug.org.uk> writes
> >Do you feel that Windows support is currently a profit centre for
> >Microsoft?
> 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.

OK, enough!  Please stop making stuff up!

Microsoft makes $37.6 million _per_ day selling Windows desktop
through all channels, at a cost of $9 million per day (profit margin:


In the last year that Microsoft Press was reported separately (2001 -
they've since bundled it up with "Server and Tools") they made $128
million _revenue_ in the whole quarter (that included also hardware
like mice).

So according to you, in those 4 years 2001-2005 Microsoft Press &
their training materials and courses has had a > 26-fold increase in
revenue, or perhaps you mean that Windows sales have collapsed to
< 1/26th of their former glory?


Richard Jones
Red Hat
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