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Microsoft announced the worldwide extension of the availability of Windows XP Home for an emerging, new class of mobile personal computers commonly known as ultra-low-cost PCs, or ULCPCs. Windows XP Home for ULCPCs will be available until the later of June 30, 2010, or one year after general availability of the next version of Windows.
Windows XP Home Gets An Extension to 2010 [microsoft.com]
Basically, it's an admission that XP is far leaner than Vista and if manufacturers are building lean PCs they need a suitable operating system, and without XP that means Linux. The one thing that MS doesn't want is to encourage Linux.
Linux distro axes the need to be in the console whatsoever which currently is every five frigin minutes
Linux is written by techies, for techies. Especially if you're doing web development. That's why it will never be a popular choice for end users.
I just treated myself to 3 new servers, all with Windows 2K3 server. Because they're just soo much easier to work with than Linux.
I have also advised my clients to stick with Windows XP until M$ fix Vista.
That's why it (Linux) will never be a popular choice for end users.
Really? Are you sure about that?
Its funny because Amazon lists the Eee PC as the best selling computer at the moment (has been since it launched) and guess what it runs?
The next most popular is Apple followed by the Vista PC. You have to go down to position 12 before you find another Windows PC.
If you look in the list you will also see the Nokia N810 Internet Tablet. Guess what that runs? (its not Windows Vista).
Never popular? It is already popular!
You've just whitnessed the easy of selling to end users who don't know what they're buying if you word the advert correctly.
That said, I have seen the Eee PC's and I think they're great.
And FYI, the Sony Vaio with Vista is now second, not the Apple.
Anyway, this is off topic so I'm going to bow out, leaving this link for Mikedee, showing that Linux has only 3.8% of the share currently, and that's on a site that techies will target more than normal users.
Well congratulations to Amazon shoppers who selected 'laptops' and 'sort by price'.
That is the whole point, Microsoft cannot get Vista to run on these low powered (cheaper) computers. The manufacturers of these laptops chose Linux because it is much more customizable and means they can get their laptops out at a cheaper price point.
They would not use Vista because it takes too many resources and they would not choose XP because it was going to be EOL'd. My guess is Microsoft will push XP Home for now and hope Windows 7 could be made more lightweight. The dates match up for the expected release of 7.
If XP profesional is not extended, it appears that most companies that are forced by buy Vista will simply wipe the new machine clean and install XP (which is legal via downgrade rights for certain versions of Vista).
Downgrade rights only apply to OEM versions for Vista Business or Ultimate, which should be no issue for buisnesses.
The latest statistics has shown that only 6% of the Corporate World has installed Vista.
A lot of larger corporations have very long upgrade cycles. Several that I know have 6-8 year upgrade paths for the OS. The fact that XP was around for so long is the only reason it was adopted in such numbers. Most corporate IT types didn't want to switch from Windows 2000. They couldn't see the use of the colored task bar and curved dialog boxes....sounds a lot like Vista today.
If MS is successful in returning to a shorter OS development cycle it's certainly possible that Vista will show lower penetration in the corporate market. The biggest thing holding it up now is the higher hardware requirements.