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[News] [Rival] Linux Foundation Finds Out That Microsoft Hatred is Not a Disease

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Linux Foundation Finds Out That Microsoft Hatred is Not a Disease
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 11 Sep 2009 01:47:19 +0100
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Protecting Linux from Microsoft (Yes, Microsoft Got Caught)

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| Earlier this week, the Wall Street Journalâs Nick Wingfield broke a story 
| on Microsoft selling a group of patents to a third party. The end result 
| of this story is good for Linux, even though it doesnât placate fears of 
| ongoing attacks by Microsoft. Open Invention Network, working with its 
| members and the Linux Foundation, pulled off a coup, managing to acquire 
| some of the very patents that seem to have been at the heart of recent 
| Microsoft FUD campaigns against Linux. Break out your white hats: the 
| good guys won.


Linux Foundation to Microsoft: stop secretly attacking Linux

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| Linux Foundation executive director Jim Zemlin issued a scathing 
| condemnation of Microsoft's recent attempts to unload Linux-related 
| patents to patent trolls. He calls for the company to "stop secretly 
| attacking Linux" and compete on the basis of quality rather than FUD.


Microsoft: Yep, we teach Best Buy to trash Linux

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| Microsoft (MSFT) has confirmed the authenticity of a controversial set of 
| training slides that it prepared to train Best Buy (BBY) employees in 
| what the software giant calls "the important differences between Linux 
| computers and Windows computers."

What Are You Prepared To Do?

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| Who is willing to take a Linux laptop into one of these stores and let 
| the salesman give his pitch then categorically prove him wrong?
| Who is going to personally visit the Store Manager and tell him that 
| millions of people are now aware of this campaign and sanctions are being 
| prepared if they carry out this deception and FUD?


Fun and FUD in the Fall Flamebait Follies

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| The news originally broke in Spanish on Matware, but an English 
| translation -- complete with video clip -- confirmed the incredible news.
| The speech did apparently end up taking place at another location, but 
| bloggers didn't take the news lying down.
| 'Devious Means' 
| "The saddest thing here is that this is a tax-supported public University | we are talking about," wrote jkohen, for example, in a lengthy 
| conversation on LWN that quickly turned into an analysis of free speech.
| "One has to wonder, how many other speeches (not just by rms) have been 
| quietly not-approved in other universities at MS's behest?" added 
| coriordan.
| Similarly: "I think Argentina just embarrassed itself as a country," 
| Montreal consultant and Slashdot blogger Gerhard Mack told LinuxInsider.
| And again: "There can be no greater proof that Free Software is 
| necessary" than this incident, blogger Robert Pogson said. "The EULA of 
| M$ has 'no benchmarking' restrictions, too.
| "M$ is caught trying to protect its FUD by devious means," Pogson told 
| LinuxInsider. "Its claims of superiority ring hollow." 



Are Microsoft Partners Spreading Open-Source Fear?

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| Microsoft and its channel partners are bound together with the glue of mutual
| commercial success. That's a big reason why Microsoft VARs are always quick
| to defend the software giant's interests. Criticize Microsoft in front of a
| group of partners and you may find yourself being forced to run for cover
| [...]
| Is Microsoft siccing its legions of loyal partners on the security reputation
| of open-source software? If so, it would contradict Microsoft's recent steps
| toward a rapprochement with the open-source community.
| [...]
| Criticism of the security of open source may have been more valid a decade
| ago, but today, Apache and the Linux stack are ubiquitous in the industry and
| run some of the largest online retail operations in existence, noted Greg
| Hanchin, principal for Denver-based security solution provider Dirsec.
| "Open source is just another common piece of infrastructure; it's almost like
| Internet Protocol at this point," Hanchin said.



MS struggles to discredit Linux

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| What's cheaper than an OS you can buy outright once and install on every PC
| in your shop -- and upgrade cost-free for eternity to boot? Why, a slew of
| cheesy licenses for Microsoft Windows, 'Doze Division VP Brian Valentine
| claims in his latest cheerleading effort for his sales associates.
| That's right; a putatively independent analysis by 'we'll-conclude-anything'
| whores DH Brown is going to rip Linux a new one and find that Windows is
| actually cheaper. How Valentine knows this is anyone's guess. Perhaps he has
| a mole in the Brown organization as good as the one we have in his. Or
| perhaps MS simply paid for it. We don't know.
| It also appears that MS has bought off a number of Linux/Sun 'insiders' whose
| job it will be to explain to the sales team how to pitch the illusory
| advantages of Windows to unsuspecting IT managers. "Dumber people can run
| Windows" is the best advert I personally can come up with, though this is
| without the benefit of expensive analysts and turncoat 'insiders' to feed me
| intriguing tidbits.

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