Linked by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on Tue 8th Sep 2009 21:21 UTC, submitted by wakeupneo
Microsoft According to a leak from a BestBuy employee, Microsoft is initiating a sort of "Anti-Linux Training" course for the employees, and those who take part in the said training are rewarded with a copy of Windows 7 for only ten dollars. The leaked screenshots of the campaign show Microsoft's comparison of its own system with an obscure "Linux" and how Windows is better in every way including security, "free downloads", and software and hardware compatibility.
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by Jokel on Tue 8th Sep 2009 22:10 UTC
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This is rather amusing. You can speculate for the reason Microsoft is teaching this disinformation. What would it be?

1. Microsoft is acting like a totalitarian regime. It will not allow and will crush any opposition - even if it is only 1% size of the market. This would spell a grim future for the consumer, because if a company has total control of the market the consumer has no other choice than to accept anything the company demands. In that case the consumer has to serve the company and not the other way around as it should be.


2. Linux is growing bigger than the 1% most people project here. In fact the CEO of Microsoft said the non-Microsoft (desktop) market share is about 10% and growing. If that is the case this action of Microsoft is more understandable.

In both cases however, Microsoft is clearly misbehaving. This story will not do them good. I think some people will take notice of this behavior and add this to the growing list of bad acting they are collecting.

I think it's amusing Microsoft is more and more openly fighting Linux. Be prepared to see a increase of anti-Linux FUD as the release date of Windows 7 is nearing. I think this is just the start of a dirty campaign...

Edited 2009-09-08 22:25 UTC

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