Three Regarding Microsoft: Dead Letter Writers, "Resistance is futile," and Linux Tips for PartnersAug 23, 2001, 18:25 (104 Talkback[s])
LA 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."
"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 point.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 subject.
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:
Responses to the "Linux is free" Argument
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
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 Internet.
"Linux has an extensive developer network"
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.