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Red Hat learns the white paper game
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| Thus we have this PDF, under the byline of Caroline Boyd, which states your
| government would save about $24 billion over three years by switching to open
| soruce, virtualization and cloud computing.
| Microsoft loves white papers done by others, making claims which benefit it.
| It’s a key marketing strategy. The fact that Red Hat is engaging here is a
| positive sign. The fact that Red Hat is competing actively for government
| business is another positive sign.
Ballmer's Remarks Inspire A TCO Trip Down Memory Lane
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| The email surfaced in early 2007, while Microsoft was embroiled in an Iowa
| class-action lawsuit over alleged monopoly-pricing practices. (The company
| settled the lawsuit in February, 2007 for $179 million.) According to the
| email -- part of a slew of subpoenaed documents Microsoft would have
| preferred to keep to itself -- at least one company official argued that it
| would be "easier" not to own up to sponsoring the IDC study.
| The Microsoft exec, Kevin Johnson, now the head of Microsoft's Windows
| product team, wrote that he was concerned about competitors turning
| Microsoft's sponsorship of the study to their own advantage. Oddly enough,
| however, Johnson focused on the fact that the IDC study picked Windows as the
| TCO champ in only four out of five outlined business scenarios.
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