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Microsoft now acknowledges open source as competition. Drops “cancer” label.

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Microsoft Applauds Victory Over Linux and Open Source – But is not declaring peace – Softpedia

“In the industry-standard computing space, a number of years ago we faced the challenge of what was going to happen with Linux and the growth of open source. And fundamentally we made a decision that business customers make rational business decisions, and the reason they choose an open source product is because they can solve the problem better than they can with a Windows-based product. So when you put it in those sorts of terms, the way we compete against Linux is very simple: we build a better product and we have a great value proposition. Today our customers know Linux isn’t free and the overall cost of the solution is in fact in most cases quite a bit higher than a Windows-based solution. And if we can offer a better solution at a great price, then customers choose Windows — and they are. So we are growing strongly,” stated Bob Muglia, Senior Vice President, Server and Tools Business.

Just wondering, where are the reaction quotes from the open source community in this article? Must’ve been a tight deadline.

And it also seems as if these very smart proprietary software executives (and some of the writers who cover them) still don’t quite understand the difference between “free speech” and “free beer.”

It is indeed difficult to teach something to someone when their paycheck depends on them not understanding it.

3 responses to “Microsoft now acknowledges open source as competition. Drops “cancer” label.”

  1. Kaskaron says:

    “And if we can offer a better solution at a great price, then customers choose Windows — and they are” says Mr. Bob Muglia. No man, no; most customers don’t choose windows, simply get it pre-instaled on their hardware because that is the only option which is advertised by sellers, and clicking on “Decline” button when the EULA shows on the first boot after purchase and contacting the seller to ask for a refund of the license is too much a hassle for many customers. In fact if you purchase a computer at a small franchise retailer chances are you will have to put your case on court for obtaining a money back of the license. The usual answer most times is that the computer and Windows are sold inseparable “as is” and that “we not accept returns on software products”.
    On the server market things are a bit (only a bit) different but still there is a great fear on the hardware compatibility issue. And since many companies have a lot of personell that the only thing they know is doing sketches with Photoshop, making web pages with Dreamweaver (that they have learned at a fast-learning workshop, sponsored by the company behind the product, and perhaps practicing at home with also perhaps a warez copy of the program) then the only option to make things simple to simple employees is to “choose” Windows Server.

  2. Anonymous says:

    ^^
    True. You have to look for a FLOSS system to find any.

    Still, it is good that MS finally admitted that they’re scared of open source.

  3. Microsoft distributes open-source Drupal says:

    [...] While this doesn’t technically make Microsoft a distributor of these open-source “bits,” it comes pretty darn close, and it arguably puts Microsoft on the legal hook for this open-source code. I personally think that’s a safe bet, but then, I don’t work for Microsoft, a company whose CEO has called open-source code like that of Linux a “cancer.” [...]

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