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Re: [News] Ballmer: Microsoft to Focus on Linux Competition

__/ [ Mark Kent ] on Saturday 13 May 2006 20:01 \__

> begin  oe_protect.scr
> Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
>> Mahatma Gandhi:
>>         "First they ignore you
>>         then they laugh at you
>>         then they fight you           <--- You are here [1]
>>         then you win."
> I've found the 'real and original' statement, which is by Chopenhauer,
> and it's about the nature of truth:
> "all truth goes through three stages,
> first it is ridiculed,
> then it is violently opposed,
> finally it is accepted as self evident"

Yes, I remembered this as I quoted (a previous COLA thread), but see [1].

> The well-known Ghandi quote is, in my view, an intelligent repositioning
> of this one by Chopenhauer.  Ghandi added the 'ignore' state prior to
> the others, but otherwise, there's not much difference.

They indeed used to ignore. I remember a certain event from some time around
a previous vacation (maybe Christmas 2004). When a man from the audience
asked Ballmer about Linux as a competitor, Ballmer laughed like a little
girl. Before that, Linux was merely ignored and I didn't know anything about
it until 1998 or 1999. I am sure that routes to communication and
advertisements can often be blocked or suppressed from up above (e.g. search
engines; try Google for 'linux' and look at the top).

> Of course, in the chopenhauer set, we're at "violently opposed".
>> ,----[ Quote ]
>>| CEO Steve Ballmer said Linux has been outselling Microsoft in areas such
>>| as file services, e-mail security and e-science, and that demonstrates
>>| Microsoft needs to innovate.
>> `----
> Wow, how things change...
>> [1] http://www.redhat.com/truthhappens/

There is no mentioning of IP as in the last time. Quite the contrary:
"Microsoft needs to innovate". Now, correct me if I am wrong, but if they
have some genuine intellectual property [2], haven't they innovated already?

[2] A couple of days ago I found the following:


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