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Microsoft May Be Seeking Protection From Linux With Dell Loan 270

Posted by Soulskill
from the nice-protection-racket-if-you-can-get-it dept.
alphadogg writes "Microsoft's $2 billion loan to Dell is a sign that the software maker wants to influence hardware designs in a post-PC world while protecting itself from the growing influence of Linux-based operating systems in mobile devices and servers, according to analysts. As the world's third-largest PC maker, Dell is important to the success of Microsoft's server and PC software. Even though Microsoft's loan does not represent a big part of the total value of the transaction, the software maker does not throw around money lightly and its participation in the deal might be an attempt by the software maker to influence hardware designs in the post-PC world of touch laptops, tablets and smartphones, analysts said. It may also be an attempt to secure the partnership and to stop the PC maker from looking toward alternative operating systems like Linux, analysts said. Dell offers Linux servers and in late November introduced a thin and light XPS 13 laptop with a Linux-based Ubuntu OS, also code-named Project Sputnik. Major PC makers in recent months have also introduced laptops with Chrome OS." HP has released a statement in response to the deal which talks about how Dell "faces an extended period of uncertainty and transition that will not be good for its customers." Perhaps they're right; HP is certainly familiar with such a situation. However, it's likely Dell is simply hoping to avoid the same struggles HP has faced over the past several years.
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Microsoft May Be Seeking Protection From Linux With Dell Loan

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  • by julesh (229690) on Tuesday February 05, 2013 @08:45PM (#42803749)

    Microsoft's OS is simply too large, too encumbering and too useless for devices that people will use in the future.

    Meh. Once upon a time I would have agreed with you, but now I actually run Windows 7 on a PC that is less powerful than my phone, and it doesn't seem too bad, so I think the idea of resource constraints stopping you from running a desktop OS on a mobile device is something that will soon be consigned to history.

  • Step 1 ... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by tgd (2822) on Tuesday February 05, 2013 @09:16PM (#42803981)

    Step 1: Sign up for the Azure free trial
    Step 2: Create a Linux VM in Azure... from their VM image archive.
    Step 3: Experience your mind being blown as you realize Microsoft, in fact, actively supports Linux.

  • by dgatwood (11270) on Tuesday February 05, 2013 @09:23PM (#42804025) Journal

    Meh. Once upon a time I would have agreed with you, but now I actually run Windows 7 on a PC that is less powerful than my phone, and it doesn't seem too bad, so I think the idea of resource constraints stopping you from running a desktop OS on a mobile device is something that will soon be consigned to history.

    Now try it with Windows 8 [informationweek.com]. When the OS and bundled software on your tablet is so big that it wouldn't even fit on the largest iPhone 4, and would fill nearly 3/4ths of the capacity of the largest iPhone 5, you have a very serious problem.

  • I think the idea of resource constraints stopping you from running a desktop OS on a mobile device is something that will soon be consigned to history.

    It already has been.

    But that's still not good news for MS. They've been charing monopoly rents for their desktop OS for so long, they'll have a hard time adapting to selling it on devices that cost less than they're retailing their OS for.

  • by Mike Frett (2811077) on Wednesday February 06, 2013 @04:54AM (#42806285)

    I have already tried to get the DoJ involved and got a generic response that took all of five minutes. Considering the size of my letter and how busy their email must be, I whole heartedly doubt they even read it, except the word 'Microsoft'. I think the DoJ themselves needs to be investigated for taking bribes.:

    "Dear Mr. Frett:

    Thank you for contacting the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department
    of Justice. The Citizen Complaint Center has carefully reviewed your
    complaint and understands your concerns. However, we have determined
    that the information provided does not raise antitrust issues that
    warrant further review by the Division. We have your information on file
    and should the legal staff need further information, they may contact
    you in the future."

    Now I'm trying with a Lawyer to get through to them. I'm in no way full of money and live very, what some would say "poorly" I guess. But I'm not about to give up on something I think is wrong. I would honestly appreciate any of you that care, to help in anyway possible by contacting the DoJ yourselves at justice.gov or type "report to DOJ" in Google, should be that first link. Because I seriously doubt I can do it all by myself, I need people power.

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