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Re: possibility of debian "cannabilizing" other Linux distributions in 5-10 years time

Dominik Margraf wrote:

Also, the possible release of Etch in Q4 of 2006 (Do you think this
timeframe is likely?) will coincide with the release of the M*Shit
Longhorn and how much share of the Windows market can be snatched by
My personal opinion is that, as long as vendors ship their computers with preinsalled Microsoft products, there will be users using them. The sooner the vendors distribute pre-installed desktops/laptops, sooner will be the cannibalization you are talking about. Actually, some laptops are shipped with Debian installed. But their fraction is tiny.

In 10-15 years time, Do you think that Debian will dominate the
desktop and the server market to the extent that most desktops/laptops
sold in department stores will be preinstalled with Debian (just like
today's M*Shit Windows)?
I think it is the other way around. If the big companies like Dell, Sony, Toshiba etc., distribute preinstalled Linux systems, then the change will occur soon.


Kamaraju S Kusumanchi
Graduate Student, MAE
Cornell University

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