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[News] What Microsoft's AstroTurfer James Plasmondon Teaches About Novell

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Mono fits in neatly with the Microsoft vision

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| It fits in very neatly with the definition of evangelism at 
| Microsoft: "Evangelism is the art and science of getting developers to ship 
| products that support Microsoft's platforms". (thanks to greygeek on the 
| linuxtoday forums).   
| The definition is contained in a highly confidential document 
| titled "Effective Evangelism" which came to light during the Comes v 
| Microsoft trial.  
| The author, James Plasmondon, writes in his introduction: "Every line of code 
| that is written to our standards is a small victory; every line of code that 
| is written to any other standard, is a small defeat."  
| Novell would probably have a view on this and with this in mind, I rang 
| Michele Bartoline, the company's marketing manager for Australia and New 
| Zealand, who was listed as a press contact on the media release. She wasn't 
| available so I left a message.   


"LH [Longhorn] is a pig and I don't see any solution to this problem. If we are
to rise to the challenge of Linux..."

                --Jim Allchin, Microsoft


Novell boss in semi-apology over Microsoft pact

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| Speaking at the Open Source Business Conference (OSBC), Hovsepian said he
| could have done a "better job" of communicating about the deal and suggested
| he got caught up in thinking about customers, instead of the perception and
| possible fallout from dealing with Microsoft.
| [...]
| "I know the deal we did with Microsoft caused a lot of noise and flack in the
| market," Hovsepian told OSBC on Tuesday. "And I wish I'd done a better job of
| communicating that. But the thing that caught in my head was the customer.

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