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Linux Magazine: Extreme Prejudice; Microsoft's Anti-Linux Campaign

Apr 20, 2000, 21:18 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Wendy Goldman Rohm)

"Microsoft's habitual cloak-and-dagger campaigns against its rivals -- illuminated during the United States of America v. Microsoft Corporation antitrust trial -- were perfected long before the advent of the Internet. Companies like Stac Electronics, Micrografx, and even IBM have all felt the sting of Microsoft's competitive steel, but it is only in the last 18 months that Linux has found itself in Microsoft's sites."

"Since 1998, when Linux first came on Microsoft's radar, the Redmond, WA company's stealth campaigns designed to disparage the operating system have been exposed and scrutinized with unprecedented effectiveness, thanks to the galvanization of the Linux community and the instant dissemination of information via the Internet."

""Every single time Microsoft makes a press release or announcement that spins their way, you'll find various people on the Internet dissecting it," says Linux creator Linus Torvalds. "This is not a planned effort on the part of Linux programmers," he adds. "The most orchestration that happens is that people tell each other to calm down and not get too hot-headed, and then the normal Internet channels act as a conduit to journalists and analysts that would otherwise not have heard the other side at all.""

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