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[News] CNET/Silicon.com/ZDNet Jointly Spread Anti-Free Software FUD

  • Subject: [News] CNET/Silicon.com/ZDNet Jointly Spread Anti-Free Software FUD
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 25 Sep 2009 00:03:24 +0100
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Murphy's Law: Sometimes, an Open-Source Virus is Just a Virus

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| If you think about the actual definition of open-source 
| for a moment, you'll wind up being as confused as I am 
| about this latest bit of fad reporting to pass around the 
| Web. According to an article from CNET, virus-makers are 
| apparently transforming their wares into open-source 
| projects and using the power of the group to achieve 
| advancements in virus deployment, nasty features, and 
| scanner obfuscation.
| That's all well and good (for the virus-makers), but 
| that's as open-source a situation as an apple is an 
| orange. What's being described is an example of 
| collaboration and communication based around a common or 
| to-be developed piece of code. That sounds like open-
| source--an apple and an orange are both pieces of fruit, 
| after all. But that's not really open-source because we're 
| ignoring the critical elements that help define what open-
| source software truly is. Virus-makers aren't going open-
| source in the slightest. They're spinning derivative works 
| from older viruses and developing free code while holding 
| hands and singing the Pirates of the Caribbean song, but 
| that's it. And it's hardly a new fad.



Are you ready to Protest?

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| Contact the people at Best Buy and Office Depot.  I mean think about it anyone can sit
| in front of a keyboard and type something that exposes the obvious falsehoods!  And what
| will happen? That depends on how many individuals actually choose to participate in
| letting these businesses know that this practice is unacceptable and that you will be
| taking your business elsewhere.
| And I will even make it easy for you by providing you with a link to the page that you
| need.
| Complain to Office Depot
| Complain to Best Buy
| And feel free to post your complaint to Best Buy in your comments this will encourage
| more Linux users to get on board and send in a complaint.  And pass this on.


Software Freedom Day at Best Buy

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| Hello and welcome. Microsoft has begun to train Best Buy associates on the
| virtues of Windows 7 over GNU/Linux for netbooks.
| Since Software Freedom Day is on September 19th, 2009(2 weeks away), Best
| Buy seems like a great place to hand out CDs and flyers encouraging people
| to try GNU/Linux on their laptops and desktops before they buy. In the
| coming days, we'll be putting up resources to help you at your local Best
| Buy to make this project a huge success!


Does Microsoft Deliver Anti-Linux Rhetoric to Best Buy Workers


Microsoft tells US retailers Linux is rubbish

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| One booklet shared with our Office Depot salesman includes a page that
| looks like this...


Microsoft bribes Best Buy staff to slam Mac and Linux


Microsoft Targets Linux (and Macs) with Latest Chart-Based Propaganda


Microsoft's latest Linux lies

,----[ Quote ]
| "If you can't beat 'em, cheat" has long been Microsoft's philosophy,
| which has lead to the Department of Justice and the European Union
| swatting them with restrictions and hundreds of millions of dollars in
| fines over the years. But that hasn't stopped them. In our latest
| example, an anonymous blogger who goes by GodofGrunts at OverClock.net,
| a site for people who want the fastest possible PCs, reports on his
| Microsoft ExpertZone training at Best Buy. What he 'learned' from
| Microsoft isn't 'exactly' true.
| [...]
| Microsoft also claims you can't use video chat on desktop Linux. Yet I
| use Ekiga and Skype for video chat on Linux all the time.
| Then there are the "Get the FUD" â er, "Get the Facts Straight" slides,
| which serve as a reminder that Microsoft's Get the Facts anti-Linux
| campaign (2004-2007) actually lives on.


Microsoft internal slideshow for retailers targets Linux


Microsoft mis-educates Best Buy on Linux


Microsoft Instructs Best Buy Employees on How to Trash Linux

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| It goes on to list tables with "Camera, iPod, and MP3 compatibility"
| and "Printers and scanners compatibility" being described as "many" for
| Windows and "few" for Linux.  It also lists an ambiguous "Authorized
| Support" which it claims Linux is lacking, ignoring the fact that many
| Linux distributions do have support teams.  It also mentions that Linux
| users can't play games like "World of Warcraft", which Windows users
| can.  Ironically, Linux users can in fact use WoW within the free WINE.


Microsoft teaches Best Buy employees how to troll Linux users

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| Microsoft training material for Best Buy employeesâwhich not only makes
| Linux look bad, but is also full of inaccuraciesâhas leaked to the Web.
| Screenshots and commentary inside.


Microsoft helps Best Buy employees troll Mac users, too

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| We've got our hands on Microsoft training material for Best Buy
| employees. It not only makes Macs look bad, but is also full of
| inaccuracies. Screenshots and commentary inside.

http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/news/2009/09/microsoft-helps-best-buy-employees-troll-mac-users-too.ars?utm_source=microblogging&utm_medium=arstch&utm_term=One MicrosoftWay&utm_campaign=microblogging
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