Reasons to Avoid Microsoft
Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt
These pages are a compilation of links and quotes to news articles and
others sources that might help convince you to switch to Linux.
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- High-profile anti-Unix site runs Unix
A Web site sponsored by Microsoft [...] dubbed 'We have the way out,'
runs on Web servers powered by FreeBSD, an open-source version of Unix,
along with the Unix-based Web server Apache, according to Netcraft, which
tracks Web site information. Both pieces of software compete with
Microsoft's Windows operating system. ... Representatives at Unisys and
Microsoft weren't immediately available for comment.
- Deciphering the open-source war
Mundie uses a textbook tactic of manipulation: start with some reasonable
talk, and lead the audience to an unreasonable conclusion. ... To follow
Mundie's conclusion ... you'd have to believe that the money people save by
using [Linux] just disappears. But this is not to say that the main benefit
of Linux and other GPL software is lower-cost. Control is the main
benefit--cost is secondary. Control means being able to get a different
service provider if you don't like the service you're getting on your
software [...] not having to convince the software's producer that your
needs fit in their marketing plan ... If open source was economically
unviable, development would have ceased long before there was $1.9 billion
worth of it. [Mundie said] '... there was this notion that the world should
be offered an alternative.' [well, duh!]
- No more excuses: It's time to stop using Microsoft products
Microsoft management is now threatening to stop shipping Windows completely
if the next federal court decision goes against them. ... A company that
makes this kind of threat in response to requests that it follow the basic
rules of free enterprise and competitive capitalism -- not to mention follow
U.S. law -- ticks me off. If I owned a business that was dependent on
Microsoft products, I would be looking very hard for an alternative.
The idea that a single company, in a fit of petulance, could stop
distributing needed updates and bugfixes to software on which I depended
to earn a living would strike fear into my heart. I would, as a simple act
of prudence, make sure Microsoft products were not instrumental to the
operation of my company. Indeed, a public company that fails to implement
alternatives to Microsoft software in light of Microsoft's latest behavior,
and later suffers business interruptions or losses as a result of
Microsoft's childish reactions to judicial orders, could easily get sued
by its shareholders.
- Removing IE would kill Win2k, WinXP, MS, says Redmond
Both Windows XP and Windows 2000 will be rendered inoperable, and
Microsoft will be unable to develop future new operating systems, if
it is forced to separate IE from the operating system, according to court
filings the company made on Friday. ... [An] mail from Bill Gates from
February 1997 [said] it would be important to leverage the OS to make
people use IE instead of Navigator, and there was much else that suggested
bolting the two together was a predatory decision, rather than a technical
- MS promotes Linux from threat to 'the' threat - Memo
'You should be smothering your accounts from every angle, and if you see
Linux and/or IBM in there with it, then get all over it. Don't lose a
single win to Linux.'
- Thank you, Microsoft, but no thanks!
Bill Gates recently claimed that Microsoft was responsible for the
success of open source. ... [There] is one smidgen of truth in this;
yes, Mr. Gates, recently you have helped open source succeed -- in much
the same way Osama bin Laden has helped beef up airport security lately.
Microsoft's monopolistic, price-gouging, bullying behavior is making open
source more attractive every day.
- How Microsoft invented open source, by Billg
The open source movement wouldn't exist without Microsoft, Bill Gates told
his company's shareholder meeting earlier this week. [Gates claimed] credit
for building the environment in which open source could thrive... Historians
will note that this is absolutely not what Microsoft [did].
- Microsoft attempts to allay security fears
On Tuesday, Microsoft contacted about 1,000 of its largest customers to
outline its program, called the Strategic Technology Protection Program,
and address their concerns about recent worm attacks... Analysts warn that
the damage to the credibility of some Microsoft products may be hard
to repair and may cast a shadow over the company's impending
move into Web services, with its .Net and .Net My Services initiatives.
- HailStorm promise and threat remain distant
Despite being among the top five executives at Microsoft ... [even he]
is unclear on HailStorm's business model and its revenue-generating
potential. ... Critics say Microsoft is falling back on a familiar
strategy--spreading fear, uncertainty and doubt (or FUD)--to convince
customers to wait for its products rather than buy from the competition.
- Microsoft lobbying campaign backfires; even dead people write in support of firm
[Reprint of following]
- Lobbyists Tied to Microsoft Wrote Citizens' Letters
Letters purportedly written by at least two dead people landed on the desk
of [the Utah Attorney General] ... imploring him to go easy on Microsoft
Corp. for its conduct as a monopoly. The pleas ... are part of a carefully
orchestrated nationwide campaign to create the impression of a surging
grass-roots movement. ... The campaign ... goes to great lengths so that
the letters appear to be spontaneous expressions from ordinary citizens.
... 'This is not a company that appears to be bothered by ethical
- Gates wades into open-source debate
'Microsoft's shared-source (program) has many of the same issues, and
they're often worse' because the person must make sure none of the
Microsoft ideas creeps into other software, [Larry Augustin] said.
'A person who's seen shared source is probably very contaminated and
is going to have a hard time working on other projects.'
- Open Source Is Bad
In a speech defending Microsoft's business model ... [Microsoft argues]
that the company already follows the best attributes of the open-source
model by sharing the original programmer's instructions, or source code,
more widely than is generally realized.
- XBox Screenshot Flim-Flammery?
Apparently a game character was pasted on the scene background and a stock
Photoshop lens flare was added. ... The screenshots on the XBox site
have been updated, but gamers seem to have long, intense, pixel-specific
- Sort through FUD on Microsoft product activation
IT professionals are among the best informed and most sophisticated of
all Microsoft's customers. So it's especially disturbing to see what a
terrible job the company has done in explaining how this new policy will
affect its customers-at home and in corporations.
- Software giant looks to bury test results...
Microsoft recently threw around its weight-- and its fat wallet--
to squash an independent testing lab from publishing benchmark results
that the lab ran for InfoWorld's sister publication NetworkWorld.
The test demonstrated that SQL Server 7 runs nearly twice as fast
on Windows NT 4.0 than it does on Windows 2000.
- Microsoft Executive Says Linux Threatens Innovation
...freely distributed software code such as rival Linux could stifle
innovation and that legislators need to understand the threat.
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