disappointing, to say the least

Story: We don't need you either Asus.Total Replies: 7
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Jun 07, 2009
8:54 AM EDT
yet another example of Microsoft buying market leadership. it's nice to see that governments of countries other than the US are starting to realize this and are putting a stop to it. where's the US government in all of this?

Jun 07, 2009
9:50 AM EDT
> where's the US government in all of this?

Corrupt up to their eyeballs, just like every other government.

Microsoft now wields campaign contributions and a lobbying arm of the Gates law firm, one of those "unintended" consequences of bringing the anti-trust suit back in the 90's.

Roy Schestowitznikovnik has gone into this in great detail over on BoycottNovell.

Jun 07, 2009
10:11 AM EDT
The US government was bought out by MS around 2000. That's how things work in DC. The EU have an ongoing ineffectual anti-trust action going on presumably because MS can't buy them out completely for some reason. My guess is because the EU process is just a tad less corrupt than lobbying dominated DC.


Jun 07, 2009
5:23 PM EDT
Seriously, guys. This is Asus. Who cares? Do we really have such a low opinion of Linux that we should care about a vendor that's third-tier on a good day? I mean Asus - let's not give the Windows fanbois something to laugh about. Dell or HP would be a different story.

Jun 08, 2009
12:34 PM EDT
@bigg: Asus does matter. They successfully brought the EeePC to market and were the first to successfully mass market a Linux system. That makes them significant.

Very often groundbreaking actions are taken by smaller companies, not big, entrenched ones. Asus was a good example. It is really a pity they've been co-opted by Microsoft.

Jun 08, 2009
12:43 PM EDT
But Asus needs Linux. As just another Windows vendor, they're a joke.

Jun 08, 2009
12:51 PM EDT
@bigg: Obviously they don't see it that way. Pity.

Jun 08, 2009
6:20 PM EDT
Well, Altavista was the first one to successfully mass market a search engine, and it made them significant. But it doesn't mean we need Altavista or they are important.

I think the same goes for Asus: if they're not careful, they will suffer the same fate as AV. They're moving from smaller inventive company to entrenched one.

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