"As history has taught us, Microsoft finds it too risky to
attack GNU/Linux directly. It would be too transparent and probably
result in backlash from Microsoft's own customers, many of whom
also use and/or stock Free software. Microsoft prefers to use
proxies and insiders to do their seemingly-independent jobs that
accomplish long-term objectives.
"Examples include SCO (via BayStar), Andy Tanenbaum (via a book
author), Acacia and its sister 'patent firms' which comprise former
Microsoft employees, Novell which gently spews out software patent
FUD to market itself, and folks from Ximian who plant 'time bombs'
in the heart of GNU/Linux desktop environments (slowly propagating
from one to another). This last element among the whole will be the
subject of this one particular post, which may otherwise become too
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