"I believe I have stumbled upon two of Microsoft's
most-startling and best-kept secrets, the ramifications of which
for Linux and open source are profound.
"The revelation began when I realized that I had been mistaken
in thinking that the lack of a well-funded marketing department
could prevent open source and free software from displacing the
commercial variety. The events of the past few months demonstrate
that free software is being promoted by the richest and
most-talented marketing organization on the planet: Microsoft.
"Consider for a moment what a well-orchestrated promotional
stunt the Microsoft SQL Server Slammer worm proved to be. Does
anyone honestly think it was a coincidence that Slammer brought the
Internet to its knees before the echoes of Bill Gates' state of the
union on trustworthy computing address could fade? The timing was
as impeccable as food to a beakless chicken..."