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WinInfo: Microsoft Executives Trash Linux

Feb 05, 2001, 07:51 (50 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Thurrott)

[ Thanks to George Mitchell for this link. ]

"One of the tightropes that Microsoft walked--poorly--during its antitrust trial was the company's attitude toward competitors. In court, for example, Linux, AOL, and even the BeOS were strong competition, waiting in the wings to seize Microsoft by the throat. In public, however, Microsoft blew off each one in turn, as it told developers, tradeshow attendees, and the press that Windows was the clear choice, with nothing standing in its way. Since the trial ended, however, the company's public attitude about some of this evidentiary competition has changed a bit. Microsoft CEO and President Steve Ballmer recently revealed the not-so-surprising notion that Linux was his company's number-one threat. For any other company, this would be a sure sign that it was finally taking the Linux threat seriously. But for Microsoft, you can only tell they're worried when the trash-talking starts. And Microsoft is trash-talking Linux big time...."

"The company's feud with the government, which is now in the appellate stage, hasn't been the major news item it was more than a year ago, when major Microsoft executives were getting skewered on the stand one after the other. Microsoft prides itself on straight talk and tough competition, and this sort of bravado reminds one of the Microsoft of old. The company is convinced that it will win its lawsuit on appeal, and if the Linux movement hopes to be more than just the latest in a long list of competitors that have been run over by the Redmond giant, it needs to come up with a better response than its peers from the past did."

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