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NewsForge: Fighting Anti-Linux FUD, Part 263

Apr 20, 2005, 02:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)

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"During my 25 years in the personal computing industry--as a user, developer, and journalist--I've seen a lot of attempts by vendors to create fear, uncertainty, and doubt--FUD--in the minds of customers and vendors who might be considering an alternative to the vendor's solution. This was true when I spotted a Microsoft employee spreading FUD under an assumed name on CompuServe in the early '90s: the infamous Steve Barkto affair. It is true today, in the form of an Info-Tech study titled 'Mid-sized businesses not interested in Linux.' Portions of the study are available online here. The report set my internal FUD alarms clanging. After reading the full report and speaking with its primary author, I have to say that the Info-Tech study not only fails my FUD sniff test, but also demonstrates classic FUD techniques..."

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