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What then must we do?
There has been quite a bit of talk lately about laptops and Linux. A few
folks have gone so far as to suggested that Microsoft is behind some
kind of conspiracy to eliminate Linux from laptops.
Anyone who knows me will tell you I'm no apologist for Microsoft, yet I
find it hard to believe that Steve Balmer -- crazy and devious as he may
be -- would waste one minute of company time or one cent of company
funds to force Linux out of the laptop market. There just isn't that
much additional revenue that would result from such a strategy. Even in
If an illegal (and provable) Microsoft conspiracy against Linux were
ever discovered, then SILUG members would have to individually and
collectively decide how we should respond. We could rant and rave and
whip ourselves into a self-righteous frenzy. Or we could take pen
(keyboard?) in hand and compose appropriate letters to the Federal Trade
Commission, the Department of Justice, to our respective members of
Congress, and to the Illinois Attorney General's office demanding
Has this Linux-on-laptops issue (?) come anywhere near a rational action
threshold? Of course not. But I suggest that we keep our pens and
keyboards close by.
Just in case.
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