Promoting Linux by Silencing Microsoft

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| 1. Linux runs on older hardware. So you don't need the latest hardware to
| run it. It also performs better.
| 2. Linux is Virus free. (at least for now and the foreseeable future)
| 3. Linux is Spyware Free (ditto)
| 4. Linux is Free. As in no cost and free as in freedom. You are free of
| overbearing corporate entities telling you what you can and can't do with
| your copy. You're welcome to modify it, share it, etc.
| 5. Linux gives you freedom of choice.
| 6. Several different distributions have made Linux very easy to install
| and use. So even a computer novice can get up and running on Linux in a
| short time.
| 7. Linux supports more hardware than any other OS.
| 8. Linux conforms to industry standards. There's nothing proprietary in
| Linux. There are some distros though which include proprietary formats and
| programs for cross compatibility.
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http://www.raiden.net/?cat=2&aid=302

Why Has Microsoft Office Evaded European, US Justice?

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| Over the past decade, government sanctions and monitoring efforts on both
| sides of the pond have helped level the playing field for competitors,
| allowing Linux, for example, to gain significant market share in the server
| operating system software market and Firefox to achieve respectable share of
| the web browser market against Microsoft’s once ubiquitous Internet Explorer.
|
| How did Office get left out of the equation?
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http://blogs.zdnet.com/open-source/?p=1434


Related:

Microsoft managed to buy the vote of Sweden in ISO?

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| When a friend of mine arrived, it was clear that it all was stuffing going on
| from Microsoft side. All Microsoft partners in Sweden was at that meeting.
| People against OOXML got an offer to leave the meeting without paying the fee
| (not becoming a member). Everyone left, including IBM that thought it all was
| a farse. ¬* ¬*
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http://stupid.domain.name/node/382


Halloween Memo I Confirmed and Microsoft's History on Standards

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| ¬*By the way, if you are by any chance trying to figure out Microsoft's policy
| ¬*toward standards, particularly in the context of ODF-EOXML, that same
| ¬*Microsoft page is revelatory, Microsoft's answer to what the memo meant when
| ¬*it said that Microsoft could extend standard protocols so as to deny
| ¬*Linux "entry into the market": ¬* ¬*
|
| ¬* ¬*Q: The first document talked about extending standard protocols as a way
| ¬* ¬*to "deny OSS projects entry into the market." What does this mean?
|
| ¬* ¬*A: To better serve customers, Microsoft needs to innovate above standard
| ¬* ¬*protocols. By innovating above the base protocol, we are able to deliver
| ¬* ¬*advanced functionality to users. An example of this is adding
| ¬* ¬*transactional support for DTC over HTTP. This would be a value-add and
| ¬* ¬*would in no way break the standard or undermine the concept of standards,
| ¬* ¬*of which Microsoft is a significant supporter. Yet it would allow us to
| ¬* ¬*solve a class of problems in value chain integration for our Web-based
| ¬* ¬*customers that are not solved by any public standard today. Microsoft
| ¬* ¬*recognizes that customers are not served by implementations that are
| ¬* ¬*different without adding value; we therefore support standards as the
| ¬* ¬*foundation on which further innovation can be based. ¬* ¬* ¬* ¬* ¬*
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http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?s...70127202224445