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By eweek  |  Posted 2003-09-19 Print this article Print

Microsoft, Red Hat?"> eWEEK: What do you think Microsoft and Red Hat will do in response? Schwartz: I think Microsoft will try and dismiss this as something customers arent really interested in, but they will hear differently from customers. I think they will then have to respond by lowering prices. I think they are now the high-cost provider, and this equated into opportunity. Red Hat has neither the components nor the capacity to price on this basis, so Im less worried about Red Hat.
eWEEK: How much market share are you hoping to take?
Schwartz: I expect to take 10 percent of the market in the first year. Ten percent of a $30 billion a year desktop market is huge. So, is it going to be more than 10 percent? I hope so, but in the next year Id like to get a million users. Theres a hundred million computers sold every year, I want to be in front of a million of those and two-million the next year. eWEEK: Do you have any agreements with the OEMs to sell your desktop system? Schwartz: We dont as yet. We have tried mightily, but Dell and HP derive most of their profit from the resale of Windows systems. So while we may not get Dell and HP, I assure you we will get Toshiba and Samsung and Sony and folks who are interested in upsetting the status quo. Discuss this in the eWEEK forum.


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