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Re: [News] Even Patent FUD and Lockins Failed to Stop Nationwide Linux/OSS Migrations

Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
> __/ [ [H]omer ] on Friday 23 February 2007 12:32 \__
>> Verily I say unto thee, that B Gruff spake thusly:
>>> Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think that you are implying that migrations
>>> to Linux/OSS are often done quietly, and some even more quietly than
>>> others?
>> [snips]
>>> It's a quiet revolution:-)
>> I'd argue that it's a noisy revolution, it's just that the noise is
>> being censored by the oppressors.
> ...If not sabotaged.
> There have been cases in the past where people lost their job (sometimes just
> their credibility) after Microsoft lobbied. Massachusetts and the EC come to
> mind. It is not surprising that Munich keeps very quiet. Microsoft could try
> to identify (nitpick) some issue and attempt to fire those who support the
> migration. This /has/ happened before. An analyst even lost his job when he
> published a paper that did not say nice things about Windows security. It
> merely spoke about the dangers of a monoculture, IIRC.

The public perception is also affected to an extent by the levels of
effort Microsoft put into getting migrations /away/ from Linux, and the
publicity which goes with such migrations.  Whilst there haven't been
any really big ones for a while, there will be some from time to time,
and they will be shouted to the heavens when they happen.

It would be /very/ interesting now if some of our more hardcore
journalists could look into those companies which moved to linux and
then to Windows to see what their present position is?  I wonder how
many unofficial spokesmen would say that they preferred the Linux
version which they had?  I also wonder how many of these companies are
now looking at the costs of their Windows systems and wondering just how
they came to decide to take out the Linux systems?  It would make a very
interesting story, I think.

> Microsoft is abive the law. If you doubt it, you break the law, so hide.

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