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Tom's Hardware Guide: Microsoft Buys Linux

Apr 01, 2003, 13:59 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Omid Rahmat)

[ Thanks to luksedj for this link. ]

"At a small press conference in Nepal, attended by two Sherpas and a Yak, as well as a THG stringer, Microsoft spokeswoman Avril Wonful announced that the Redmond company had acquired Linux. Although this surreptitious attempt by Microsoft to kill the Open Source community was supposed to go unnoticed, THG sources had long known that Microsoft executives were holed up in a Buddhist monastery in the area, meditating and trying to achieve greater self-awareness.

"'I think we are all comfortable with being rich, and having very little to think about while our dominant operating system and office productivity units keep printing the big bucks,' said one executive. 'But, we felt that we need to find something more altruistic, something that would let us give back to the industry for being so generous to us. We also needed to stick it to the MSN and Xbox groups, who are dragging the stock price down.'

"So it was that after a few days of living on sticky rice and tofu, the Microsoft executives came up with a plan to buy Linux. They made a few calls, and realized that no one really wanted to own Linux, and that it was available for next to nothing. In fact, according to sources intimate with the deal making process, Linux was pretty much given away, and Microsoft's negotiators could not believe their luck..."

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