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  •  You refer to Ubuntu Kylin (0+ / 0-)

    In fact, the original purpose of the Kylin project was to make this available to government agencies and schools as a zero cost open source OS.

    Already, major suppliers of PCs such as Dell, HP and Lenovo started selling PCs with Kylin installed on first boot from last year and these sell at a price point somewhere in-between Chromebooks and Windows PCs because you can subtract the cost of Windows but the hardware usually includes more storage and connectivity options than a Chromebook.

    Now with XP going off support, there is a push to switch existing PCs to Kylin to Kylin and this is being promoted by a deal between HP and Canonical for Kylin preloaded. Note some stories incorrectly state this HP deal is the first case of Kylin preload, that is definitely incorrect.

    In future, this means more and more Chinese servers will be running Ubuntu servers (now No. 2 behind Redhat) which I think is Canonical's marketing strategy to make this pay.

    So to answer your question, yes, Windows will gradually be replaced by Kylin for many Chinese users and by other Linux distros, Chrome, OSX & whatever for non-Chinese.

    I think Microsoft knows this and made the right choice for their new CEO. The days of Windows and Office as a cash cow are numbered and MS needs to leverage their really excellent system engineering skills on cloud to defend that turf.

    No one is coming to save us, the future is in our hands.

    by koNko on Mon May 19, 2014 at 08:29:08 PM PDT

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