|FROM ||Ruben Safir
|SUBJECT ||Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Strange News this week
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Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2009 21:50:16 -0400
From: Ruben Safir
To: hangout-at-mrbrklyn.com, ruben-at-mrbrklyn.com
Subject: Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Strange News this week
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On Mon, Jul 20, 2009 at 09:12:51PM -0400, Ron Guerin wrote:
> Ruben Safir wrote:
> > July 20, 2009 (Computerworld) Microsoft Corp.'s move to release
> > three of its drivers to Linux, however technically modest it may
> > be, could put pressure on other closed-source vendors to follow
> > suit.
> Let's hope.
> > According to Greg Kroah-Hartman, a longtime Linux developer for
> > Novell Inc. and the head of the Linux Driver Project, Linux today
> > "supports hundreds of thousands of drivers."
> > "This shows that their customers have been asking to run Linux,"
> > he said.
> Bingo. It was a business decision, and knowing how they feel about both
> FOSS and Linux, not one they made too lightly. I guess we're past the
> "they ignore you" phase now. We already did the "they laugh at you".
> Does this mean it's "they fight you" time?
Close, but not quite. Your now going to read one of the Ruben seminal
writings, so pay close attention. They are in the "Then you Lose Position".
Microsoft is have big troubles in its business plans as we move forward and
they are getting worried. The news this weeks is that Apple carved out nearly
a 10% chunck in the market sales this week. Furthermore, Google is openly
competing with a GNU based OS, and Netcraft has reported that MS based Web
Servers is stalled. Corperate profits are down, Large PC sales is down and the
embeded space is not a proven profit source.
Meanwhile, MS is being facebooked and twittered to death and has failed to
adapt as well as say... HP.
They got problems and they are now eyeing GNU systems as an asset that hasn't
yet been properly leveraged. This is the first step to the coming Microsoft
Linux, an enevitablility which I predicted prior to our Egov-OS action in
Washington. And remember ... they are LOADED with GNU engineers which they
have hired over the years in they're attempt to defeat Linux.
> > It also shows, in a posting to Slashdot by Sam Ramji, Microsoft's
> > head of open-source strategy, that the company is not trying to
> > undermine Linux or bolster its 2006 claim that Linux violated its
> > patents.
> Well, it hardly does anything of the sort, as I'm sure Mr. Ramji is well
> aware. Drivers are always welcome, but they're program code, not
> legally binding pledges of anything other than they won't sue over the
> GPLed code in the drivers themselves.
> - Ron