It blows me away that in this hyper-connected world a company as large and prestigious as Microsoft is so arrogant as to think that they can parade around with bogus numbers and nobody is going to catch it. To me it shows a total lack of understanding of the new community driven landscape, and this is exactly why they will lose the battle to Linux. As soon as the general public overcomes all the FUD and the Linux awareness begins to hit mainstream, Microsoft is toast...it's simply a matter of time.
Take ClearOS as an example. They have over 130,000 registered systems across the globe. But how many systems are out there unregistered? 500,000? 1 million? 10 million? More? There's no way to know for sure. Linux operates on a different model, it's about mass adoption of the free version first, then skimming the paying customers off the top 10% or so. It's simply a process that will take time and awareness. Once the critical mass is reached it's game over for Microsoft.
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