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[ale] Interesting note from the Wall Street Journal today



Methinks that if M$ wanted to destroy Linux (beyond its FUD, politicing,
and incompatibility efforts) it would buy the largest Distro, Red Hat,
and shut it down.  If the other poster's estimate of $3B is correct,
that's a drop in the ocean for M$ and its ROI would pay for it within a
year.

I think, instead, that our World Domination efforts have paid off.
Linux is popular enough that M$'s anti-interoperability is starting to
backfire with major clients threatening to dump M$ entirely if it does
not play nice with Linux.  By picking a smaller vendor but one popular
in Europe, M$ still weakens Red Hat.

Bob Toxen
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   -- Bob Toxen 10/03/2002

On Thu, Nov 02, 2006 at 03:18:21PM -0500, Dan Lambert wrote:
> Hmmmm...

> The thought HAD crossed my mind. I don't trust Gates and Crowd as far as 
> I can throw their headquarters building.

> Dan

> Jeff Lightner wrote:
> > The day MS "helps" a rival is the day to sell that rival's stock.
> > 
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: ale-bounces at ale.org [mailto:ale-bounces at ale.org] On Behalf Of Dan
> > Lambert
> > Sent: Thursday, November 02, 2006 3:11 PM
> > To: Atlanta Linux Enthusiasts
> > Subject: [ale] Interesting note from the Wall Street Journal today
> > 
> > 
> > I thought you folks might be interested in this Tech Alert I just got 
> > from the Wall Street Journal.
> > 
> > "Microsoft Is Set to Give Linux a Boost
> > Through Partnership With Novell
> > By ROBERT A. GUTH
> > November 2, 2006 2:59 p.m.
> > [nowides]
> > 
> > Microsoft Corp. is entering into an unusual partnership with Novell Inc.
> > 
> > that gives a boost to the Linux operating system, a rival to the 
> > software giant's Windows software, according to people familiar with the
> > 
> > companies."
> > 
> > There's more, but I thought everyone would be interested in seeing what 
> > MS and Novell are up to.
> > 
> > Dan