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[News] The Importance of Choice in GNU/Linux (Learning to Avoid Microsoft-type 'Communism')

  • Subject: [News] The Importance of Choice in GNU/Linux (Learning to Avoid Microsoft-type 'Communism')
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 04 May 2008 18:58:41 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
I like my bazaar!

,----[ Quote ]
| A bazaar means choice, shopping malls, not the bleak shops of the Soviet era 
| and - most of all - no high priests and Politbureau's. Being someone who has 
| seen with his own eyes what dictatorship and elitarism can do to people in 
| particular and society in general, I like my bazaar.   



Soviet Microsoft

,----[ Quote ]
| The New Soviet Union.
| Microsoft isn't evil for being Microsoft, but because its leadership
| values control above delivering good products or advancing the state
| of the art. Rather than competing in the market, Microsoft's
| leadership has pursued a strategy of repeatedly deceiving the market.
| The result has been decades of productivity losses that negatively
| impact the rest of the world's economy and distract humanity away from
| technical achievement to instead fiddle with shoddy software that is
| weak because it was developed outside of competitive pressure....
| However, the iron fist of resistance to outside ideas was as
| destructive to the USSR as the inbreeding of royalty was to Europe's
| empire nations before it. Microsoft is facing the same failure by
| arrogantly pushing old strategies and ignoring the potential of open
| source. Microsoft's anti-open rhetoric even sounds a lot like the
| Soviet's view of free markets, laced with fear-based propaganda that
| promises dire consequences for experimenting with the open source
| ideas that are already proven to work outside of the Red Square of
| Redmond....


What's all the FUD about?

,----[ Quote ]
| My favorite, classic FUD comes from Steve Ballmer. "There's no company called 
| Linux, there's barely a Linux road map. Yet Linux sort of springs organically 
| from the earth. And it had, you know, the characteristics of communism that 
| people love so very, very much about it." Here, Ballmer went to the route of 
| the American psyche. How many Americans, to this day, still cringe a little 
| in fear at the voicing of "communism"? If there's anyway to turn Americans 
| off from buying a Linux PC, it's to emblazon the image of a big, red, Soviet  
| Flag on the face of Linux, to conjure up an image of FIdel Castro reciting 
| his communist propaganda from a speech he'd written on his openoffice,org 
| word processor, to strike fear into our hearts at the thought of a Wisconsin 
| Senator named Joe McCarthy barging into our houses in the middle of the night 
| to send us away to prison for life because we owned an Ubuntu PC. I can't say 
| if this FUD actually worked; it was so preposterous, and so few people give 
| any credence to what Ballmer says anymore, that people might have just 
| laughed at it. But it does show the depths to which proprietary software 
| makers will go to keep the Linux and open source software threat out of their 
| wallets.               


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