Three Regarding Microsoft: Dead Letter Writers, "Resistance is futile," and Linux Tips for Partners
Aug 23, 2001, 18:25 (104 Talkback[s])
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Times: Lobbyists Tied to Microsoft Wrote Citizens' Letters
[ Thanks to Paul Eggert
for this link. ]
"Letters purportedly written by at least two dead
people landed on the desk of Utah Atty. Gen. Mark Shurtleff earlier
this year, imploring him to go easy on Microsoft Corp. for its
conduct as a monopoly."
"Because each Microsoft letter is different, the cost of the ATL
campaign probably is on the high end of the scale. If the group is
aiming for 100 letters in each of the 18 states, the tab easily
could exceed $100,000."
..."When a caller started asking Minnesotan Nancy Brown
questions about Microsoft, she thought she was going to get help
figuring out what was wrong with her computer."
The Guardian: Pragmatists love Microsoft [ Thanks to
Hugh for this link.
"There comes a point during an occupation when
resistance seems futile and the pragmatists collaborate. In Silicon
Valley's long struggle against Microsoft, we have reached that
... And web services are seen by many developers as the next
frontier for the internet. Rivals among the developer community,
such as the Linux operating system, have lost momentum. Even if
Microsoft only appears innovative by comparison with an industry
that it has stifled, the company is producing more interesting
technology now than at any time in the past decade. As a consumer,
it is easier to be warm to a company if you respect the ease of use
of its software.
But that does not explain the acquiescence of rival technology
companies in Silicon Valley. For that, one needs to look at the
effects of the collapse in IT spending and stock valuations, the
third important change in Microsoft's environment. The fall in the
Nasdaq stock market index, down more than 60% since its peak in
April 2000, has undermined Silicon Valley's confidence in itself.
When the first pure internet companies collapsed, companies such as
Sun, Hewlett-Packard and Oracle thought they would benefit from a
flight to security by corporate IT spenders."
MS Hands Out CDs on How to Compete With Linux to Select Partners
I thought this might be of interest to you:
I am currently working for a client with a Microsoft Premier
Support Contract, Select Contract, etc. So every month, we receive
a bunch of CDROMs ranging from service packs & beta software to
the occasional CD filled with marketing mumbo-jumbo.
Surprisingly enough, this month's edition contained 2 CDs
titled: "Competing with Linux".
One is a "Sales Training CD" aimed at resellers and solution
partners. It primarily deals with how MS-zealots should deal with
clients asking tough questions about Linux viability. As you can
guess, it's really focussed on downplaying Linux as possible
competition for MS-based solutions. From the tone of it, it looks
like there is some serious concerns about Linux from the boys in
Redmond. It talks about the threats Linux poses to MS solutions,
but even goes as far as telling resellers & solution partners
whom to focus on in a enterprise when trying to convince
enterprises not to opt for Linux. There is even - and this is
*really* hilariously stupid - a multiple choice game at the end of
the CD where you have to answer a fictitious client's questions
about Linux. You score points by clicking on the answers that
dismiss Linux as a viable enterprise solution. I know some people
here at the office (and those folks are primarily an MS-centered
business) had a good laugh about this.
The other CD is a "Power Tools CD", which contains a little more
info, whitepapers and audio stuff about essentially the same
Really, now you have all the best MS FUD about Linux, bundled on
two cool CDROMs ! Get'em while they're hot. Hours of great fun
& entertainment :-)
"...The Achilles' heel of Linux is its lack of desktop
applications, and the lack of adoption of those desktop
applications, particularly office automation applications, that do
exist on Linux."
"...Linux should be taken seriously as a competitor, but there
are threats to its continued success. Encourage your customers to
consider these as part of the complete Linux picture:
- The development model is likely to fail as Linux grows into a
- Fragmentation - it is already happening.
- Self-destructive license that may not hold up in massive
- If the Linux pure plays fail, will Linux follow?"
Responses to the "Linux is free" Argument
Microsoft software is already essentially "free" in large
projects-typically less than 3% of the hardware/software cost and
less than 1% of the total project cost.
Because supportability and integration are so important,
Microsoft software and commercially supported software in general
help customers where it counts: minimizing total cost of ownership
and maximizing business value, making it less expensive for
customers over the long haul. "Open Source
Customers want to have some influence over the direction of their
computing platform. The lack of a single owner and well-known
decision making process for open source software makes it difficult
for customers to influence or guide the direction of features.
There is no certainty that in the long term Open Source Software
will evolve to meet the changing needs of the customer and the
The open source development model also depends on its users for
testing. Windows NTÂ® is tested daily on hundreds of OEM
configurations, connected to thousands of peripherals, running
thousands of different applications. Such a testing lab requires
deep investments and strict discipline that cannot be easily
reproduced through a loosely connected group of individuals on the
Linux is being used for simple tasks such as file/print and static
web page serving. Microsoft customers are using Windows NT Server
for demanding, high performance, mission critical applications such
as messaging, data warehousing, decision support and e-commerce.
Less heavily loaded systems with less complex software suites have
"Linux has an extensive developer network"
The Linux development community is comprised of technical hobbyists
and UNIX enthusiasts whose idea of usability is a good text editor
with which to modify configuration files.
If the users are the developers, then the product will be shaped
to suit the mind of a developer, with ease of use taking a back
seat to flexibility. This developer focus also manifests itself in
the way a problem is often resolved: posting a patch file that the
user must apply to the original source file, then recompile and
link it, and finally re-install it.