[oclug] e-smith response to Microsoft... :-)
amoamasam at sympatico.ca
Mon Feb 19 14:44:43 EST 2001
On Mon, 19 Feb 2001, Dan York wrote:
> ... while you read it on LinuxToday, and that was where I pointed people,
> tthe news release in fact went out on the wire (BusinessWire) from where it
> can be picked up by a zillion other news outlets (if they so choose).
> So we were trying to reach the larger audience (and have some fun in the
> Yes... BUT... while I think we must respond to outright lies and
> supreme FUD, we must not allow doing so to distract us from our larger
> goal of improving Linux and developing better software. Every minute
> or every hour that we spend *responding* to MS is one minute or hour
> less that we are not working on better software or other things that
> help advance our efforts. IMHO, if we let *MS* frame the issues and we
> are constantly responding to them, we lose. If, on the other hand,
> we continue to develop better and better software, then we force MS
> to respond... as they did with this Allchin interview.
Those are very valid points. I just think that now that MS is throwing
around lies along the lines of `un-American', those must be loudly
repudiated and MS condemned for stooping so low. Partly, I'm wondering
where are the responses from ESR, Bob Young, Bruce Perens, RMS, Larry
Augustin,et al. I think they should be leading on this. Or how about
representatives from IBM, HP, Sun, NASA , etc.? Has anyone read anything
from these people?
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