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SRO: Linux vs. Microsoft: The FUD Report

Nov 03, 1999, 20:48 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

"Linux enthusiasts once more are combating FUD-the unfounded fear, uncertainty and doubt, drummed up from nothing by enemies of Linux. Nothing draws their ire faster than FUD masquerading as objective truth, but is in reality Microsoft-sponsored FUD. The latest: According to some Linux advocates, the recent GartnerGroup's anti-Linux reports were Microsoft-sponsored and copyrighted...."

"According to Gartner, Microsoft didn't fund the study. Today, the Gartner web-letter site URL, http://www.gartner.com/webletter/microsoft/ automatically takes would-be readers to the GartnerGroup Interactive home: Gartner's homepage. Nothing remains visible of the web letter but its redirected link...."

"At the same time, though, as Linux forces storm Gartner, the open-source advocates aren't wearing completely white hats. For example, the one document still publicly available, "Will Linux Be Viable Competition for Windows Desktops?" is denounced as "slamming Linux." In fact, it doesn't."

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