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osOpinion: The Art of FUD

Aug 24, 2000, 09:08 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Nadeau)

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"The Linux community has just been through yet another episode or wave of FUD attacks. Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt are cast upon any new idea or new product that seriously threaten the Microsoft regime. This is a brief history of FUD."

"The original techno-FUDsters were at IBM. Back in the 1950s, anybody who offered a competing product was FUD'd as follows:

1. It won't be compatible with your current IBM stuff. 2. It will never be in business long enough to have IBM-level support. 3. Nobody ever got fired for choosing IBM."

"Add to these lines various and sundry observations, innuendoes, and distortions. IBM was very good at being sly, at using the Clintonian method of conversation: make every word into your friend and your opponent's enemy."

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