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Microsoft Waging AstroTurf Campaign Against Linux?

     
4:02 pm on Jul 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

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[abcnews.go.com...]

Could Microsoft be behind a smear campaign aimed at Linux? Let's look at the continued attacks against Linux. The media is peppered with them. When one starts to die down, another one crops up. While every single one of these assertions is laughable, the never-ending barrage of anti-Linux propaganda has got to take its toll on potential users.
4:17 pm on July 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Sad, but I hadn't even heard any of these anti-Linux stories.
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Linux is not at all secure and poses a major security risk.

- And the 100's of patches for MS are so much better?

Linux is not cheap. Despite being free, it actually costs more to implement and maintain.

- What about overpriced MS software? All the techs to install the 100's of patches? Ill ask my Network Admin how many patches a week he has to install :)

Linux is prone to hackers and viruses, because the code is easily available.

- How many viruses a week target IE or MS? How many times have they gone public with "We will secure our software", how long will this take?

Linus Torvalds didn't write Linux; it is in fact a compendium of old code that was cobbled together.

- Still in court I believe, besides MS didnt write original OS they sold.

MS does amuse me at least :)

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Personally I haven't read anything other than borderline love affair reviews on any linux system.
4:16 pm on July 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I haven't read anything other than borderline love affair reviews on any linux system.

This this Gentoo Review [thejemreport.com]. Not exactly glowing, in fact had enough accurate criticisms to make me not go to Gentoo, which I'd been thinking about doing.

6:24 pm on July 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Dvorak (who's a bit of a nut himself) basis his whole commentary (this piece is OP-ED, not NEWS) on this:

You thus get the weird report by the folks at the Alexis de Tocqueville Institution (AdTI) that Torvalds slapped Linux together from old bits and pieces of possibly stolen code. This could be a subtle effort to support the notion that Linux might be illegal to use. Where there's smoke, there's fire. First SCO, then this!

a) No one ever heard of AdTI before this report came out (which gives them no credibility in my mind).

and

b) SCO is SCO - they've always been crazy, and their investors have always been sue happy.

I think Dvorak is making something out of absolutely nothing. Big surprise, eh?