Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 23rd Jul 2009 22:53 UTC, submitted by Remy Chi Jian Suen
Editorial So, Microsoft submits 20000 lines of code to the Linux kernel, all licensed under the GPL. Microsoft, who considers Linux a great threat, and once called the GPL a "cancer". Opinions on this one are flying all around us, but what does Linus Torvalds, Linux' benevolent dictator, think about all this?
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RE[8]: Embrace Extend Extinguish
by bannor99 on Fri 24th Jul 2009 03:37 UTC in reply to "RE[7]: Embrace Extend Extinguish"
bannor99
Member since:
2005-09-15

I've said many times Ballmer&Co are great at competition, by any means necessary. And, as such, they have to be watched and, since they have such clout with businesses, one cannot afford to ignore them.
I would say that opposition to M($), is probably the main reason that their products improve. Their early
IEs were lame but they pulled ahead of the pack with IE5, then stagnated for 5+ years because there wasn't a serious threat until Firefox found its legs.

A lot of M($) apologists like to bring up IBM's past without crediting all the time, money and effort they put into Linux enhancements.
But, apart from IBM, I can't recall every seeing a company advertise Linux on TV, and while it was overly cerebral, they spent coin on it.

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

But, apart from IBM, I can't recall every seeing a company advertise Linux on TV, and while it was overly cerebral, they spent coin on it.


IBM did have a couple of Linux ads, but ...

"Your Linux is ready" ... SuSe (now Novell)?

www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LNLDRVzz78

"I'm a Mac, I'm a PC ... and I'm Linux" (where a woman plays Linux). Who was that by?

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