[Linux-aus] The Linux Uprising

Con Zymaris conz at cyber.com.au
Mon Feb 24 07:41:02 UTC 2003

On Sun, Feb 23, 2003 at 12:38:22PM +0800, Leon Brooks wrote:
> On Sunday 23 February 2003 06:17 am, Con Zymaris wrote:
> > On Sun, Feb 23, 2003 at 03:05:28AM +0800, Leon Brooks wrote:
> >> Pecked by Penguins
> >> So far, Microsoft's attempts to counter the Linux threat have come up
> >> short
> > For those who aren't interested in reading through all these piece, I
> > excerpted perhaps the most important new piece of information below. In
> > essence, it shows that the recent IDC TCO report is a fraud.
>     When asked if he was sure of the pronunciation, Ballmer quipped:
>     "There is no financial incentive to answering that question."
>     Translation: Linux is just a pipsqueak that isn't worth our time.

This comment was made some time back. It invokes Line Two of the famous 
Ghandi quatrain. "Then they laugh at..."

> An aside: that doesn't need translating, it does just fine as it is. It marks 
> one of the key differences between FOSS (including Linux, if I'm going to be 
> warlorded) and proprietary software.
> I'll be dealing with that in a new article shortly. Dealing with it very 
> positively, I might add.
> > http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/03_09/b3822610_tc102.htm
> > One of the study's authors accuses Microsoft of stacking the deck.
> Sun rises, tides move, Microsoft slants tests/data/reporting, it's almost de 
> rigeur now. I can imagine the headline: `Microsoft tells whole truth 
> (especially the bit about the frogs), 42,000 technicians hospitalised for 
> shock in State of New York alone.'

You and I and anyone else with 20+ years' experience in this industry
knows this. 90% of the mainstream do not, thus the potentcy of this claim
in a leading mainstream _business_ magazine. The IDC report needs to be 
dismantled, edifice-by-edifice. 

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