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Pondering Windows' Bloated Demise

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The prediction by Gartner that Windows is nearing collapse resonated cheerily through the open source community last week. Some bloggers, however, greeted the report with a healthy dose of skepticism, noting that Microsoft is likely to carry on quite nicely. Still, the penguin crowd can't resist an opportunity to bash Redmond, especially one this juicy.

Well, it was a relatively quiet week on the Linux blogs, and we can only speculate that everyone out there was feverishly working on their taxes.

Yes indeed. Taxes, as we know all too well, are one of the few certainties in this world -- along with death, as our good friend Mr. Franklin so aptly noted.

It seemed fitting, then, that in this month of financial reckoning, so much of the conversation that was out there on the Linux blogs was focused on a reckoning of the other kind. A final reckoning, that is, and it relates to a technology we all know too well -- one, however, whose demise is unlikely to elicit many tears in the Linux community.

Final Collapse?

Yes, folks, we're talking about Windows. The story was picked up on LXer as well as on Slashdot, where more than 500 comments had followed by Friday -- even as a separate conversation on the site pondered a report predicting that almost all businesses will have switched to Linux within the next few years. Bloggers were practically tripping over each other in their haste to add their own nails to Windows' virtual coffin.

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