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Linux.com: Another Halloween Document

Nov 01, 2000, 23:00 (17 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ryan C. Gordon)

[ Thanks to D.Manchester for this link. ]

"In a rare moment of router stability, an E-mail from a microsoft.com E-mail address landed in my inbox this morning. I figured this was just going to be that spam about getting 5,000 bucks from Microsoft if I just pass the mail onto both of my friends, and was about to delete it, but then I looked a little closer. What had been passed to me was clearly a leaked memo from the bowels of the Evil Empire, and from Bill himself, no less! Seeing as I am always in search of quick fame, I thought I'd post it here immediately."

"What I recieved appeared to be a somewhat unfortunate tradition; Microsoft seems to have taken to using Halloween as the time for an annual review of Linux's standing, based on a memo that leaked in October of 1998, penned by a guy named Vinod Valloppillil. Say that five times fast. Vinod admitted to a bunch of things we never thought we'd hear a Microsoft employee say, and it got all sorts of press. Vinod works for a Linux company now. No joke."

"For the previous documents that follow in the tradition of All Hallow's Eve, please see http://www.opensource.org/halloween/. Nothing has been edited here, typos included, except that I've removed the name of the informant."

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