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Re: Former Microsoft Manager Advocates GNU/Linux

____/ KeithCu on Sunday 10 Jan 2010 01:54 : \____

> On Jan 9, 5:24 pm, Homer <use...@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> Verily I say unto thee, that KeithCu spake thusly:
>> > In a free market, no one is forced to purchase or use someone else's
>> > stuff. (A world where governments can break up corporations is a
>> > scary place to be in the by the way, given how low the average IQ of
>> > someone in DC.) The free market always sorts itself out.
>> That may be true in the long term, but in the short term we have issues
>> like bribery to deal with, such as Microsoft bribing Nigerian education
>> suppliers to remove Mandriva from ClassMate laptops:
> I'm not really sure the word bribe appears here. People can go to jail
> for that.
> From the free market perspective, it is good that Microsoft is giving
> their money to other people.
>> As Bob Cringely once wrote: "[Microsoft] are willing to lose money for
>> years and years just to make sure that you don't make any money, either"
> Like what Sun is doing with OpenOffice? It doesn't meet my standard of
> ethics, but it has been done in business since the beginning of time.
>> How "free" is a market that's dominated by racketeers?
>> And yes, I agree that market intervention by governments is scary, but
>> for a rather different reason, because those governments invariably
>> favour (indeed idolise) the criminals who dominate that market:
> But don't think all rich capitalists are criminals.

This is a line that's used to daemonise critics, dismissing them as anti-capitalists.
It reminds me of Fox 'News' playing the "Obama is communist" card.

People do not distrust Microsoft because it's a "big company". I had a former Softie
use this line against me.

To give a detailed list of Microsoft's offences would require more than a USENET post
can contain. Any attempt to provide such a list will belittle the severe antipathy
involved. ECIS has a good document that's recent and concise (about 23 pages).

		~~ Best of wishes

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