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My appologies
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, January 21 2013 @ 02:00 PM EST

I'm fighting the flu - I really should avoid saying much of anything while in this state.

I mis-read your duoply to refer to the "duoply of Linux on the desktop and smartphone" rather then the "duopoly of MS and Apple".

RAS

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All about choice vs lack of choice
Authored by: TiddlyPom on Monday, January 21 2013 @ 02:04 PM EST
If you want to buy a smart phone, you have a choice:
  • Apple iPhone running iOS
  • Android Phone (many different makes + can change firmware yourself)
  • Windows Phone (several makes) running WM8
  • Blackberry Phone running RIM
  • Others...
If you want to buy a tablet computer then you have a similar choice. If you want to buy a desktop PC then you can choose either:
  • A PC running Windows (many makes but only one set of software)
  • A very expensive Apple Appliance (the only thing than CAN legally run OS/X)
It is extremely difficult to buy a PC WITHOUT it being preloaded with Windows. FOSS is a massive threat to proprietary software especially to both Microsoft and Apple which is why they do not attack each other these days but both attack open source software (especially Android which is very successful). Luckily the era of the desktop PC is coming to an end and hopefully an end to the WinTel monopoly.

That is what I mean by a duopoly - the unspoken partnership between Microsoft and Apple.

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