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ConsultingTimes.com: Is Microsoft Engaged in an Information War Against Open Source or IBM?

May 14, 2001, 20:15 (54 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Adelstein)

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Microsoft isn't really out to get Linux, according to this column. Rather, Microsoft is out to get IBM because "IBM provides a formidable adversary with 350,000 employees and the resources that could turn Microsoft into the next Banyan Vines." Maybe it's not quite so either/or, but in any case the column also addresses how we respond to FUD and takes issue with the less constructive approaches some take.

Consider the parody below of Franklin Roosevelt's speech to Congress the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Empire of Japan in December 1941.

"Yesterday, May 3rd, 2001 -- a date which will live in infamy?-the Free Software Foundation and associated groups was suddenly and deliberately attacked by disinformation of the Empire of Microsoft. The attack followed months of subtle disinformation activity by Microsoft against Linux."

Microsoft feels no threat from the Linux community. Microsoft's Information War has IBM in its telescopic sight. IBM provides a formidable adversary with 350,000 employees and the resources that could turn Microsoft into the next Banyan Vines.

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