If Microsoft Really Wants to be Friends with Linux...
Sep 11, 2009, 21:36 (15 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)
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"There's a folk tale that goes something like this. A dog and a
rattlesnake meet at the river. The snake says to the dog, "Why
don't you carry me on your back to the other side?" The dog says,
"Sure, I'd be happy to do that except you'll bite me." And the
snake says, "No I won't. I really need to get across to the other
side, and I won't bite you." The dog, a foolish sort, believes the
snake's promise so he lets the snake on his back and he starts to
swim across the river. At the mid-way point, the snake bites him.
"What did you do that for?" exclaimed the dog, as they both begin
to die. "What did you expect," replied the snake, "I'm a
"Besides, just like the snake in the story, Microsoft is more
than happy to poison open-source software even as it proclaims that
it wants to co-operate with open source. Just off the top of my
head there's the revelation that Microsoft's ExpertZone training
for Best Buy and other retailers is stuffed with anti-Linux