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[News] GNU/Linux Users Vote for "Git[sic] the Facts" Campaign Against Microsoft

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Advocacy at the Speed of Light

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| The latest course on the menu is, of course, the Linux.com site. This one is 
| the fun one, because we've opened it up to the community to lend their ideas 
| on what they'd like to see out on IdeaForge. If you haven't been there yet, I 
| highly recommend it, because there's some seriously good ideas on the site. 
| Here's the top 5 thus far, in Letterman-like order:    
|    5. Get the Facts (43 votes): Linux.com should have a "Get the 
|    facts"-campaign, explaining why Linux really is more useful and 
|    cost-effective than windows. It would obviously include lots of case 
|    studies and enterprisey terms.   
|    4. Get hardware manufacturers to be more supportive of Linux (48 votes): 
|    Manufacturers of hardware still default to proprietary operating systems. 
|    Petitions companies to give the options to sell O/S free products so users 
|    do not need to pay 'proprietary software tax'. Manufacturers also void 
|    warranties on hardware when Linux is installed, petition them to back 
|    hardware regardless of O/S like Asus and Toshiba. Reward Linux-compliant 
|    manufacturers with coverage/support.      



LF has just released many promotional Linux videos.


Microsoft Times is Highly Reliable - honest

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| Even the IT focus is clear: see that kimchi-flavored Windoze Vi$ta, with a 
| cute girl in there on a video? Kimchi is good against viruses, and since 
| Vista can be considered a huge virus, make sure you eat some when doing the 
| Vi$ta.   
| Ah, just look at the publisher's name in the top right corner. Highly 
| Reliable Microsoft. Now there's a thing 


Microsoft Produces New Perspective Over Windows vs. Linux

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| Microsoft has never been that shy about trashing open source operating
| systems in order to boost its own proprietary platforms, and the latest
| perspective over the two products is merely a new chapter in the Windows vs.
| Linux saga. A Microsoft authored comparison involving Windows Server 2008
| Hyper-V and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Hypervisor is available for download
| via the Redmond company's Windows Server Compare.


Microsoft arguments against Linux are bollocks

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| Mind you, the bad experience was dubious; in essence a Windows shop acquired 
| a smaller company which ran Linux. By rolling out their existing standard 
| operating platform they cut costs. Really, the operating system used was 
| irrelevant; it’s a no brainer that you will gain efficiency and reduce costs 
| by having a standard platform over all your sites.    
| In the end, to my mind, the solution implemented did not meet the high goals 
| the company had in mind. Disappointingly, it’s most likely budget constraints 
| were the cause – and if an open source solution had been chosen there could 
| have been more bang for buck.   
| It was a very weak case study. Perhaps it had merits if it were touted 
| as “Microsoft designs solution for Video Ezy” but it was not; it was pitched 
| as a direct battle between the two operating systems, with Microsoft winning. 
| This just was not the case.   


A case study: Video Ezy and Microsoft myths about open source lead to flawed

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| A pity; if they’d gone with Linux they could have had the idea central 
| administration without the worry of full-blown server operating system 
| licenses throughout. If only they hadn’t relied on an anecdote that 
| said, “This one time, at a place I used to work ....”   


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| "(Microsoft manager:) I don't like the fact that the report show us losing
| on TCO on webservers. I don't like the fact that the report show us losing
| on availability (windows was down more than linux). And I don't like the
| fact that the reports says nothing new is coming with windows .net server."
| [...]
| "I don't like it to be public on the doc that we sponsored it because I
| don't think the outcome is as favorable as we had hoped. I just don't like
| competitors using it as ammo against us. It is easier if it doesn't mention
| that we sponsored it."


Reviewing a Microsoft anti-Linux case study

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| The answer is that neither Linux nor Solaris nor any other Unix variant is 
| mentioned in this report; Microsoft simply hung an anti-Linux label on a 
| very carefully worded story about a pair of committed Microsoft partners, 
| HP and Accenture, getting together with Microsoft to sell rather simple 
| technology to a willing customer - whose employers, I think, should be 
| seriously embarrassed.


Microsoft's 'Get The Facts' Linux Site Replaced

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| Microsoft has decided to axe its "Get The Facts" site, instead replacing it 
| with a less corrosive "Compare" page that compares Windows and Linux in a 
| less confrontational way.  


A Pre-BRM Miscellany

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| Google searches for "ODF" and "OpenDocument" or even "noooxml" are now 
| returning sponsored links with phrases like "Learn the truth about the 
| standard for interoperability" that lead you to a pro-OOXML petition on 
| Microsoft's faux OOXML community site. For example, try this query.   
| Let's see if I understand how this pay-per-click system works. Every time I 
| click these sponsored links, money gets transferred out of some pro-OOXML 
| supporter's bank account and is sent to Google? These seems the expensive 
| route to go, but there is some logic to it. A look at Google Trends shows 
| that Google queries for "ODF" far outnumber queries for "OOXML".    
| On the other side, at the real <NO>OOXML petition, the count stands at 82,422 
| signatures. Apparently they did not need to trick people into visiting their 
| web site.  

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