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[News] Microsoft Fixated with "Hatred" of GNU/Linux

  • Subject: [News] Microsoft Fixated with "Hatred" of GNU/Linux
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 30 Sep 2009 14:03:51 +0100
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Top Microsoft execs outline 2010 challenges

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| Microsoft's server and tools business in the coming year will focus on gaining 
| ground in the high-end database and server market, helping users transition to the 
| cloud and extending its dominance over Linux, according to the division president.


Red Hat to collide with Microsoft

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| For years, Red Hat has happily sold Linux to Unix shops anxious to save money at 
| equivalent or better performance. During this time, the company largely avoided 
| Microsoft, which has tended to compete much higher up the stack. No longer. 
| Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer argues that one of Microsoft's biggest opportunities 
| lies in enterprise infrastructure and associated application development.
| Red Hat, meet Redmond.



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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