Must Linux Buy Its Way onto the Desktop?

 
 
By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2006-02-08 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Opinion: If Google has to pay a cool billion to Dell to get its applications on the desktop, what is it going to take to get Linux pre-installed on a tier-one vendor's desktop? (DesktopLinux)

As you may know, Google is close to making a deal with Dell in which the search giant will get to preinstall its software package on Dell PCs. What you may not know is that Google may be spending a billion dollars over three years for the privilege. For cash-rich Google, its a cheap price to pay to cut Microsoft off at the knees by getting pride of place on about 33 percent on all new U.S. desktops. Microsoft is worried about this because, despite what we Linux users would like to think, the vast majority of users stick with the operating system and applications that come on their machines.
If a Dell PC comes with even a Google search tool bar and nothing else from Google, that will still permanently cut into Microsofts plan to promote MSN with its own Microsoft Search Bar. What does that have to do with Linux? Everything. Microsoft may say that what ends up on the desktop is all about having the best products, but thats hooey. I dont say that as a Linux supporter, I say that as someone who knows how the desktop market works. Most users, Id say 80 percent, stick with what comes on their desktop. Period.
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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor at large for Ziff Davis Enterprise. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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