Microsoft Says the Darnedest Things
Microsoft has the ability to say the most blatantly false things in a way
that makes them sound like the word of God.
One of them is that they aren't a monopoly. Many people find
this somewhat ridiculous. But recently they said something amazing
to support this notion.
They held up Linux as proof that they aren't a monopoly; as proof that there
is plenty of competition.
Ha ha. Linux. Let's just think about this for a minute.
- Linux is not
a commercial product. It is free. So, to compete with Microsoft, your
product has to be free.
- Linux does not employ anyone at all. So, to
compete with Microsoft, you have to have all of your employees donate
their time to you for free.
- Linux is primarily used as a desktop only by techies. It's use within
the corporate world is limited to high-end server machines. That's not
likely to change in the next year or two. So, to compete with Microsoft,
you aren't allowed to actually compete with Windows.
- Nearly every person who buys a machine that is running Linux has had
to buy a machine with Windows pre-installed. And it is
nearly impossible to get a
refund on this included expense. So, to compete with Microsoft, your
customers have to actually buy Microsoft's product.
I'm so glad that Microsoft is not a monopoly. I'm glad they've set me