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Why Ubuntu was on the Windows Marketplace

Ubuntu was being offered as a free download on the Windows Marketplace. How could such a thing happen?
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The Windows Marketplace indexes several popular download sites for software, and CNet is one of those sites. Someone had actually submitted Ubuntu to CNet as an application that runs on all versions of Windows, and then Windows Marketplace (probably using an automated system) grabbed it from CNet.

If you click on the screenshot to the right you’ll be able to see where I’ve highlighted the system requirements that it listed, as well as the CNet download link in the upper-right corner. Then down towards the bottom you’ll also notice that 10,000+ people had downloaded it, but that is scraped from CNet’s download stats…so we don’t really know how many users Microsoft actually converted to Ubuntu by offering the download.

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