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Re: IBM to Pay for Switch to Linux

__/ [ Geico Caveman ] on Friday 31 March 2006 03:09 \__

> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> IBM offers bounty for Exchange customers
>> ,----[ Quote ]
>> | IBM upped the stakes in an ongoing contest over corporate e-mail
>> | software with a program that offers business partners up to $20,000
>> | to dump Microsoft's Exchange in favor of IBM's Lotus software on
>> | Linux.
>> `----
> http://news.com.com/2100-7344_3-6055898.html?part=rss&tag=6055898&subj=news
> Haven't read the article but why should IBM want to pay to get customers to
> switch ? Aren't the cost savings pretty impressive already ?
> I do not like this pay the customer tactic.

Me neither, but be aware that Microsoft want to make IBM (the 'middleman')
obsolete.  They  have  recently invested half a billion  dollars  in  this
strategic  transition.  As I said several times before, IBM seem  to  have
grown very fond and confident about Linux and Open Source in general. This
was  openly  stated in a talk I attended recently where a VP made no  men-
tioning  at  all of Windows or Microsoft. IBM have reasons to dislike  Mi-
crosoft as well:

* A recent lawsuit that ended up with Microsoft paying in hundreds of mil-
lions worth of vouchers to IBM

*  SCO  lawsuits against IBM. These are believed to be secretly funded  by
Microsoft,  who  apparently funnel money to SCO. IBM made a request for  a
subpoena  to  reveal  the relationship between the UNIX  company  and  Mi-
crosoft.  More  latterly, we came to discovered that SCO spend  about  100
times the amount they earn and yet they continue to exist and spread Linux
FUD through lawsuits. Need I mention that Microsoft bought some UNIX boxes
from SCO?

Best wishes,


Roy S. Schestowitz 
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