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Unisys and MS to launch anti-Linux campaign
Brett_Tabke




msg:915694
 9:52 pm on Mar 28, 2002 (gmt 0)

Unisys and Microsoft plan to launch a marketing campaign Friday that seeks to undermine Unix, the operating system at the heart of powerful server lines from rivals Sun Microsystems, IBM and Hewlett- Packard.

A rather surprising story [news.com.com].

I didn't think ms would do something quite like that.

<added> Updated link. </added>

(edited by: Brett_Tabke)

 

amoore




msg:915695
 10:15 pm on Mar 28, 2002 (gmt 0)

Is that link right? I get a story about "Hewlett files suit over HP merger vote"

tedster




msg:915696
 10:18 pm on Mar 28, 2002 (gmt 0)

Yeah, the article's switched. The story had an ad of someone painting themselves into a corner with purple paint (the purple color of a Sun box). Talked about an 18 month campaign.

MS has already lost this battle, and I doubt that they will do anything but dirty their own image further by attacking their betters.

heini




msg:915697
 10:19 pm on Mar 28, 2002 (gmt 0)

Click next [export.cnet.com]

Marcia




msg:915698
 10:20 pm on Mar 28, 2002 (gmt 0)

Went hunting and found the story [export.cnet.com].

toolman




msg:915699
 10:30 pm on Mar 28, 2002 (gmt 0)

>>>The campaign, called "We have the way out," describes Unix as an expensive trap. "No wonder Unix makes you feel boxed in. It ties you to an inflexible system. It requires you to pay for expensive experts. It makes you struggle daily with a server environment that's more complex than ever," one ad reads.

What is that ...reverse psychology? Gimme a break.

littleman




msg:915700
 10:52 pm on Mar 28, 2002 (gmt 0)

"No wonder Unix makes you feel boxed in. It ties you to an inflexible system. It requires you to pay for expensive experts. It makes you struggle daily with a server environment that's more complex than ever,"

How silly...

EliteWeb




msg:915701
 10:58 pm on Mar 28, 2002 (gmt 0)

Ah, well lets hope more people switch to Windows (the OS that runs itself) and do not hire expensive administrators so I can hack them ;)

digitalghost




msg:915702
 11:00 pm on Mar 28, 2002 (gmt 0)

Anyone familiar with Unix will see that as a blatant lie. The problem is, the suits with the purchasing power that tend to be clueless about the tech issues will accept it as truth if they read it often enough.

It looks like the Edison v.Westinghouse smear campaign all over again. It didn't work for Edison.

I notice they didn't mention security at all...

DG

bird




msg:915703
 12:17 am on Mar 29, 2002 (gmt 0)

It ties you to an inflexible system.

Funny, their last campaign claimed that flexibility is bad. [koehntopp.de]

caine




msg:915704
 12:29 am on Mar 29, 2002 (gmt 0)

I noticed they did mention security, mmm! MS and security

hackers delight, viruses and trojan horses galore. how quickly did XP get cracked again, and how often are their reports about IIS servers ?

As for MS, concerns about experts consulting with unix systems, would they prefer that a win sys admin chap control extremely valuable information, and would they allow themselves to be liable, for the flexibility that high end W2K platform would offer ?

I can see why Unisys are doing it, but MS are wasting their money, especially with the knowledge that the tech departments and financial buyers for these datahouse dependant organisations, will know of the MS option.

littleman




msg:915705
 12:48 am on Mar 29, 2002 (gmt 0)

Could someone translate that .jpg for me?

rcjordan




msg:915706
 2:25 pm on Mar 29, 2002 (gmt 0)

Here's one of the reasons for the smear campaign (don't overlook who's publishing it, that's as meaningful as the article):

Wall Street Embraces Linux [forbes.com]

bird




msg:915707
 8:42 pm on Mar 29, 2002 (gmt 0)

Could someone translate that .jpg for me?

An open OS may easily mutate. With Windows2000, however, you get all services and services[1] out of one hand. This saves time and therefore really money. More info at ...

an open OS doesn't only have advantages¦

[1] Yes, "Dienste" is really just the german word for the english "Services".

john316




msg:915708
 8:53 pm on Mar 29, 2002 (gmt 0)

I doubt if corporate America will buy into that campaign; if you think M$ bullies the consumer, you should see the way the fortune 500 gets pushed around.

This is just a reaction to the backlash that is already taking place against M$ in corporate land.

littleman




msg:915709
 12:16 am on Mar 30, 2002 (gmt 0)

Thank you, Bird.

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