Apple and Linux Forces Rain on Windows 7 Parade2009.10.22 08:52 by Daniela
Keywords: Apple, Windows 7
Apple and Linux advocate IBM both tried hard to cramp Microsoft's style this week before the Windows 7 rollout even got under way. On Tuesday, Apple launched a new iMac, MacBook, and Mac Mini line, while IBM joined with Linux distributor Canonical to introduce a new "cloud-and-Linux-based" offering called IBM Client for Smart Work.
A week earlier, Apple had taken the wraps off an anti-Windows 7 ad campaign that will focus on upgrade hassles from Windows XP to 7 and also position Mac OS as less prone to viruses.
Apple's negative marketing blitz will coincide with the official availability of Windows 7. Moreover, IBM is making no bones about its timing. Neither is Canonical, a vendor that also plans to release the next edition of its desktop Linux OS, 9.10, on October 29, "one week after Windows 7," according to an e-mail from a company rep.
"Ubuntu gives users a functionally equivalent alternative that looks great, runs the Web great, and won't cost a dime to upgrade the software," contended the Canonical rep.
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