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An update on the war against Microsoft’s war against Linux

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| Last week I told readers I was asking Microsoft to explain how it can, in
| good conscience and with integrity, put forth case studies like the ones I
| had highlighted. I won’t go over them again here but you can read my take on
| a Video Ezy case study, a HiChina case study and some others. In essence, the
| case studies have no bearing on the Windows vs Linux argument. They were
| abysmal and the headlines and stories had such a remarkable divide that you
| could park the Grand Canyon within it and still have room for the cast of The
| Biggest Loser.


There are some stories of misconduct behind Microsoft's TCO lie. Examples
below. Another reason for government to embargo Microsoft...


Ballmer's Remarks Inspire A TCO Trip Down Memory Lane

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| The email surfaced in early 2007, while Microsoft was embroiled in an Iowa
| class-action lawsuit over alleged monopoly-pricing practices. (The company
| settled the lawsuit in February, 2007 for $179 million.) According to the
| email -- part of a slew of subpoenaed documents Microsoft would have
| preferred to keep to itself -- at least one company official argued that it
| would be "easier" not to own up to sponsoring the IDC study. * *
| The Microsoft exec, Kevin Johnson, now the head of Microsoft's Windows
| product team, wrote that he was concerned about competitors turning
| Microsoft's sponsorship of the study to their own advantage. Oddly enough,
| however, Johnson focused on the fact that the IDC study picked Windows as the
| TCO champ in only four out of five outlined business scenarios. * *


PC deal could save public sector billions

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| Suffolk told Gartner, “I think we have fundamentally failed on a worldwide
| basis as an IT industry to understand the cost of what we do. And I roundly
| blame Gartner for this, because you guys are the ones who come up with TCO
| [total cost of ownership] benchmarking. It has become a self-fulfilling
| prophecy.
| “So, I go out and I pick boring desktop infrastructure. What price do you
| think the suppliers broadly pitch? You will not be shocked to know that it is
| somewhere around the Gartner TCO benchmark.”


Lawmaker blasts U.K. government on Microsoft policy

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| A member of Parliament of the United Kingdom has launched a stinging
| attack on the U.K. government's IT strategy, saying that it has given
| Microsoft too much control.
| John Pugh, who is a member of Parliament, or MP, for Southport and a
| member of the Public Accounts Committee, was speaking in an
| adjournment debate on Tuesday that he had called. The aim of the
| debate, he said, was to explore the alternatives to using Microsoft
| software, including open source.

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