Re: How Disingenuous

  • From: John Madden <weez@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: technocracy@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2002 22:47:47 -0500

> LINUX PROMOTER VIEWED AS 'SKUNK IN THE ROOM' BY FEARFUL PC MAKERS
> The chief technology officer of Red Hat, a company that sells a version
> of the Linux operating system, told a federal court hearing the
> Microsoft antitrust case that executives of manufacturers such as
> Compaq, IBM, and Dell were so fearful of retaliation from Microsoft that
> they treated him as though "a skunk had come into the room" when he
> approached them about putting Linux software on their PCs. "As the
> representative of the only competitor in the domain in which Microsoft
> remains all powerful, I have often felt, more than the Maytag repairman,
> that I have the loneliest job in town." Although Microsoft licenses a
> version of its Office software that runs on the Apple operating systems,
> a Microsoft spokesman said that his company sees "no great demand" for
> Office on Linux, and that the engineering cost of making a Linux version
> of Office would not provide a sufficient return on investment to justify
> the expense. (Washington Post 25 Mar 2002)
> http://washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A11835-2002Mar24.html

Mm, poor investment indeed.  Not having access to M$ Office is probably 
the single largest thing keeping linux off of corporate desktops.  


John






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