Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 1st Apr 2007 21:56 UTC, submitted by suka
Novell and Ximian "Nat Friedman has been one of the driving forces behind the development of the Linux desktop for a few year now. First with his own company Ximian, founded together with Mono chief architect Miguel de Icaza, after its acquisition now inside Novell. A few months ago he has been named 'Technologist of the Year' by the VarBusiness magazine for his work around the SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop. Since then he has been promoted to Chief Technology and Strategy Officer for Open Source, besides the desktop he is also overseeing Novells server business now. During Novells Brainshare Andreas Proschofsky had the possibility to sit down with Friedman and talk about the Linux desktop, the consequences of the Microsoft agreement and the mistakes of the Hula project."
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RE: My experience with Nat...
by tony on Tue 3rd Apr 2007 20:09 UTC in reply to "My experience with Nat..."
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To be fair, Microsoft really did try to take over the Internet, kinda, although a bit earlier. Microsoft was doing a developer road show in '95, and the gist of it was that the Internet sucked, MSN could do everything you ever wanted to do on the Internet, only better, and that you'd be a fool to continue to develop/invest in Internet infrastructure. They wanted everyone to use MSN, and abandon the Internet. They were showing off newly-rebranded Internet Explorer (a build of Spyglass with the logos replaced), a dual Pentium P60 server running IIS, and some basic applications.

It was forgotten, like many other of Microsoft's less-than-successful pushes. But the paranoia wasn't exactly without precedent.

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