Allstarflyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1209 times:
I'm not as up on what Linux has been doing to upset Microsoft so much, except, I know that the open source programming/software development seems to be the little guy's dream - being able to produce material without having to worry about licensing agreements and so forth. So what would this do tothe little guy? Does Microsoft have a good chance to put the clamps on open-source programming (considering what they've done, as the article says, with Novell)?
TedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1191 times:
I think it's interesting that Novell threw in the towel so readily. MS is going to have issues in going after other sources for a varitable cornucopia of reasons. Not the least of the problems in trying to get blood from onions. Goodness knows I could write my own release of Linux and get sued by MS, oh joy they get to add to my almost $15,K in debt, big win MS!!
I say let's wait and see what happens in a REAL COURT CASE. an out of court settlement does not make legal precident.
Klaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21555 posts, RR: 53
Reply 2, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1182 times:
Quoting TedTAce (Reply 1): I say let's wait and see what happens in a REAL COURT CASE. an out of court settlement does not make legal precident.
Microsoft's current front SCO is in the process of failing in its attempt to stem the rise of Linux, so MS is apparently giving up the sharade and stepping into the light themselves.
Will they succeed any more than SCO did (not)? I doubt it.
Microsoft is on the defensive, and replacing actual progress with their usual power plays is getting more and more difficult against two major competitors which are both much more agile than MS ever was.
YOWza From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 4946 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1165 times:
MS are in fact working with Novell on the Mono-project. This project is a means of deploying programs written in the .NET languages on all platforms. As part of this partnership MS dropped in a lot of money and are expecting to make some of it back so MS pushing for $$ from users on other platforms should surprise nobody.
Linux's continued existence and growth at the expense of Windows' market share is what has upset Microsoft. They can't ignore it, because maintaining the status quo will only hurt they more. They can't buy it and kill it, because it's so decentralized and open. Thus, it's time to spread FUD: Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt.
Microsoft may be working on Mono now, but it wouldn't be unprecedented for them to move on with the .NET platform without Mono (see: Internet Explorer for Unix and Mac, Windows Media Player for Mac, Microsoft Works for Mac) and creating incompatibility. Plus, it keeps Microsoft in control since it keeps people using their technology (.NET in this case) rather than moving to something cross-platform.
I'm pretty sure the major Linux players like Red Hat and IBM will flight this move, and as OpenOffice.org is being targeted in addition to Linux, I would not be surprised to see Sun to get involved as well.
N231YE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1097 times:
As I stated in the other thread, I was in a recent business class, and it was brought forth how Microsoft views Apple/Macintosh as "the annoying little kid looking for attention." Microsoft said that Linux was a true threat to their dominance of the market...and note, these aren't my words.