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Re: The GNU Philosophy: How practical is it?

From: Alexander Terekhov
Subject: Re: The GNU Philosophy: How practical is it?
Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2007 14:44:06 +0200

"Alfred M. Szmidt" wrote:
> Take a look at RedHat

IPO scam money aside for a moment, let's see... 

1997: net loss    1318 (-) 
1998: net loss    3738 (-) 
1999: net loss    6388 (-) 
2000: net loss   43053 (-) 
2001: net loss   86773 (-) 
2002: net loss  139949 (-) 
2003: net loss    6734 (-) 
2004: net income 13732 (+) 
2005: net income 45426 (+) 
2006: net income 79685 (+) 

               -149110 (loss) 

> of the work that you do.  Not even the big propietery companies
> survive on just charhing for copies.


SEATTLE (AP) -- Microsoft Corp.'s fiscal third-quarter profit jumped
65 percent, buoyed by sales of its new versions of Windows and Office
and by upgrade coupons for the operating system issued over the

Earnings for the quarter ended March 31 rose to $4.93 billion, or 50
cents per share, from $2.98 billion, or 29 cents per share in same
period last year.

Results included legal charges amounting to 1 cent per share, but tax
benefits boosted profit by 2 cents per share.

Analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial forecast a profit of 46 cents
per share.

Revenue for the quarter rose 32 percent to $14.4 billion. Wall Street
was looking for $13.89 billion in sales.

Microsoft started selling its newest operating system, Windows Vista,
to consumers at the end of January. Its "client" division, responsible
for Windows, brought in $5.27 billion in sales, 67 percent higher than
a year ago.

Microsoft said it deferred $1.2 billion in Windows Vista revenue to
the third quarter, to account for upgrade coupons given to PC buyers
during the holiday season before the consumer launch of the new
operating system. Excluding this figure, client revenue totaled $4.1
billion, 30 higher than last year.

Business division revenue, which includes sales of Office 2007, rose
34 percent to $4.83 billion.

Microsoft Chief Financial Officer Chris Liddell said the "excellent
quarter" was due to better-than-expected sales of Vista and Office.

Liddell said Vista beat internal forecasts by $300 million to $400
million, and Office 2007 sales were $200 million better than expected.

The client division sales "are surprisingly ahead of where we thought
they would come in," said Sid Parakh, an analyst at McAdams Wright
Ragen. "They might indicate Vista is doing fine."


"Moglen also said that Microsoft's forthcoming Windows Vista 
operating system will fail in the market place and charged that 
Microsoft's Office software is ``dying.''"

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