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twitter's Journal: HP Sill Mostly Sells XP, Says Vista Sales are Inflated. 1

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More than a month after the official end of XP, HP's systems sales are still almost all XP instead of Vista but M$ is giving credit to Vista.

HP's revelation, made at the launch of a new range of business notebooks, flies in the face of Microsoft's persistent PR claims that Vista has sold tens of millions of copies and is selling at a faster rate than XP ever did.

Jane Bradburn, Market Development Manager, Commercial Notebooks for HP Australia [said] "From the 30th of June, we have no longer been able to ship a PC with a XP licence. However, what we have been able to do with Microsoft is ship PCs with a Vista Business licence but with XP pre-loaded. That is still the majority of business computers we are selling today."

So, in other words, Microsoft counts a sale for Vista, even though the computer manufacturer has really sold XP.

Others speculate, the same thing is happening at every vendor that wants to actually sell computers. Too bad more don't offer cheaper GNU/Linux versions.

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  • I support many thousands of users. If they've sold 180 million copies [microsoft.com] how come I don't know anybody that's using it today? Doesn't this violate some "six degrees of Kevin Bacon" rule or something? Are all those users in Jakarta, Bangalore or Bali where I don't know anybody? We are roughly 6B people. They claim to have sold one copy for every 33 people on the planet. The math just doesn't add up.

    I do know several people who tried it (including me), but none who use it still. Maybe it's like Jenkem [snopes.com] - th

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