What chance the Microsoft-free desktop in the real world?

Posted by popstarviolet on Aug 7, 2008 1:32 AM EST
ITPro; By Dave Winder
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According to various online sources, the fourth largest maker of computers is looking to get involved. The Chinese-based company that acquired the IBM laptop business some years back, Lenovo, is apparently involved in 'active discussions' with regard to bringing out a series of systems with a Microsoft-free desktop running the Linux/Lotus combination.

Should Microsoft be worried? Well, truth be told, probably not. After all, IBM has been pushing the Microsoft-free desktop thing in Europe for some months already to no great effect as far as I can see. Why it should make any bigger an impact in the US is beyond my ken. Throwing Lenovo into the mix could be interesting, but again I doubt that it will win too many converts. There is, to be fair, enough choice of Microsoft systems out there in the market and while the Linux market share continues to grow slowly, the emphasis is on slowly.

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