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[News] Big Stores Want GNU/Linux, Afraid of Microsoft Bullies

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Kicking the Beast

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| In an effort to help proliferate the Linux Desktop, HeliOS Solutions has 
| contacted a number of Big Box stores and smaller businesses throughout the 
| Austin Metro Area and asked them if we could set up professional and 
| attractive displays for Linux Live CD's.   
| The response has been surprisingly positive...and I'm talking about some 
| really BIG big box stores. 
| However, one of those stores asked me to meet with them and discuss some of 
| the anticipated ramifications of them doing so. 
| They are concerned about Microsoft engaging them legally.
| They are worried about Steve Ballmer coming in with a figurative ball bat and 
| legally demolishing the displays....and then suing them amidst the rubble. 



Sun exec accuses Microsoft of 'patent terrorism'

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| The efforts of Microsoft to pressure the Linux community over alleged and
| unspecified patents is akin to "patent terrorism", according to a local
| executive for Sun Microsystems.


Microsoft, the art of Corporate Terrorism.

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| Microsoft, no longer the technological leader in the Computer Desktop
| market, is taking on a terrorist role in its attempt remain in power
| at all costs. (see the link to the CNN story below)
| The tactic is intended to frighten current, and would be, free
| software users away from products that Microsoft just can't compete
| with. It's not a new tactic, but for the first time desperation is
| beginning to show.


Convicted Monopolist Terrorizes Software Industry

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| That headline is designed to grab your attention. Sensationalistic as
| it may be, it also happens to be true, if what you mean by 'terrorize'
| is to provoke fear.
| If you've been following the presidential race in the United States,
| you know the present crop of candidates have been exploiting the fear
| of the American people as they never have before in the history of
| the country.

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