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November 28, 2006

M$/Novell Linux Deal is Part of Vista Marketing Campaign

by @ 2:52 pm. Filed under General Linux, My Opinion

I was just obsessing through my newsfeeds like I do every morning at this time, and I cam across an article that really makes sense to me. The thought that the author presents is “the latest comments about the patent agreement between Microsoft and Novell are part of a marketing campaign for Vista.” The line of thinking goes like this: M$ is coming out with their new product sometime early next year (barring any more delays). They realize that many people may not want to buy it, and that said people have some probability of switching to Linux. Thus, they are, once again, just attempting to scare people into buying something that they don’t want and is not worth the cost.

You have to admit, they are brilliant marketing people. They just aren’t that good with software.

Elmar Geese, executive director of the Linux Association, was quoted in the article as saying that Linux users should not let Ballmer’s comments worry them. This in reference to his threats to sue people who are not using SUSE Linux. It will be cost-prohibitive to them in time and other resources (not necessarily money) to sue everyone. And the consumers are not worth it. It is all just part of a huge marketing campaign.

As always, use Linux. Spread Linux. Share Linux. Encourage people to use Linux (if all else fails, guns are usually persuasive enough).

Oh, and make sure it’s SUSE. Then you won’t get sued. 🙂

That last part was a joke. Imagine it came from Steve Ballmer (because it did, you see. That’s the joke, get it?)

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