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Must Linux buy its way onto the desktop?

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As you may know, Google is close to making a deal with Dell in which the search giant will get to preinstall its software package on Dell PCs. What you may not know is that Google may be spending a billion dollars over three years for the privilege.

For cash-rich Google, it's a cheap price to pay to cut Microsoft off at the knees by getting pride of place on about 33 percent on all new US desktops

Microsoft is worried about this because, despite what we Linux users would like to think, the vast majority of users stick with the operating system and applications that come on their machines. If a Dell PC comes with even a Google search toolbar and nothing else from Google, that will still permanently cut into Microsoft's plan to promote MSN with its own Microsoft Search Bar.

What does that have to do with Linux? Everything.

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