Say That Again

by Mike Masnick




Now That's More Like The Microsoft We Know

from the hatin'-linux dept

A lot of people were initially surprised by Microsoft's deal with Novell that effectively admitted that some companies might actually want to use Linux. However, in the days following the deal, as more people dissected it, they began to realize that perhaps it was a trojan horse. While it "protected" users of Suse Linux, many people pointed out that suggested that Microsoft might believe that users of any other Linux were open to a lawsuit. Of course, it didn't take long for Steve Ballmer to confirm this for everyone. In a recent talk, he clearly stated that he believes Microsoft owns intellectual property that is in Linux. Microsoft has hinted at this in the past, so it's really not a huge surprise -- but if he's going to say such things, he ought to back it up by actually showing what's infringing or filing a lawsuit. Otherwise it's idle talk. And, paying someone else to make the same claims doesn't really count. Either way, for a news story that originally came out as Microsoft becoming more friendly with Linux, it's certainly turned 180 degrees pretty fast.

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    Alex Fairley, 19 Nov 2006 @ 7:33am

    This isn't going to go anywhere

    First of all, Microsoft isn't imitating SCO. It did eventually come out that there was a big venture capital infusion into SCO at the time of their Linux patent trolling, and this venture capital infusion was traceable back to Microsoft. So clearly, all that's happening is that they're now doing openly what they were previously doing through proxies. Secondly, while this is something of a threat to linux, it is far more a declaration of defeat by Microsoft. Face it, they're sitting on a bloated, expensive software project that is hardly offering radical new functionality to motivate upgrades. XP, and Server 2003 are far from great, but they're functional enough for most people to keep using, especially when more and more of the computer's functionality is coming in through the web browser, and hence is pretty much OS independant. The traditional forced upgrade trick of not supporting the old OS on snazzy new hardware won't work, because people can just run Linux on their snazzy new hardware for free. Finally, Linux is starting to get very user friendly( without talking paper clips!), and with Compiz/Beryl, is probably the coolest looking GUI out there. Microsoft has made a great deal of money, and I doubt they'll be going out of business anytime soon, but their days as the scuzzy kings of corporate computing are numbered. Amen.

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