Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Microsoft Tries/Threatens to Kill Linux (again).

Microsoft is trying to kill Linux. Which shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone. But get this:

""I would not anticipate that we make a huge additional revenue stream from our Novell deal, but I do think it clearly establishes that open source is not free"

Well, I think that sums it up pretty well (link via slashdot too). So much for embracing new technologies (now what kind of software company would want to do that?). Instead, maybe they should litigate for its Intellectual Propery and try to leech more "revenue streams" from other companies instead of increasing value to the end user (and customer loyalty and more sales). Most of which I doubt they really have in the first place, or is just a complete load of bullshit. Sure Microsoft could sue if it's IP is actually contained in Linux, but that might not be such a great idea[1]. Keep in mind this is not the first time Microsoft has tried to kill Linux. Just when we thought everything was supposed to be getting better, it turns out Microsoft went back on its word. And when they're not trying to actually kill Linux, they're doing whatever they can to make life more painful and more expensive for existing Linux users. THEN they have the nerve to brag about the fact that "third parties" think Windows costs less to run? Please. It's not going to work. Not forever anyway. Microsoft: it may be a long way off, but your days are numbered. Ballmer: same to you, except for the "long way off" part.

[1] If Microsoft actually does manage to win for suing over this patent, I would probably cry. Not specifically because of Microsoft being evil, but more because it's symptomatic of a massive failure of the USPTO. Then again, it really wouldn't surprise me.

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