Microsoft Embraces Linux! (Sort Of)
James Maguire -- April 28 2003
"Porting to Linux allows Microsoft to get its DIGITAL-RIGHTS
MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE into the consumer device market. This puts Redmond
in a position to be a gatekeeper for Hollywood and the music industry,
a role that could be HIGHLY PROFITABLE FOR MICROSOFT."
"In an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times, Microsoft CEO Steve
Ballmer said that "LINUX IS A CANCER that attaches itself in an
intellectual-property sense to everything it touches."
"And Microsoft executive Jim Allchin want on the record with this:
'I'm an American. I believe in THE AMERICAN WAY. I worry if the
government encourages open source , and I don't think we've done
enough education of policymakers to understand the threat."
"No surprise, there was no Microsoft press release announcing the
event, as there often is when the company starts an initiative with a
third-party developer. Can you blame the execs at Microsoft? Even
pronouncing the word "Linux" must be painful for them."
"Linux is quickly becoming the platform of choice for consumer
electronics manufacturers...." InterVideo
"We believe most of the major consumer electronics companies are
looking at the Linux platform as a stable, low cost solution for
multimedia functionality...." -- InterVideo's CEO
"You'll note the disconnect. For the Microsoft execs, LINUX IS A
CANCER and a THREAT TO THE AMERICAN WAY. For the manufacturers, it's
the platform of choice and a low-cost solution. It's a wonder these
two parties can work together."
"Microsoft, it appears, wants to expand its presence in the consumer
device market at all costs -- even if that means working with Linux.
And that's a very smart business move."
"More importantly, porting to Linux allows Microsoft to get its
DIGITAL-RIGHTS MANAGEMENT software into the consumer device market.
This puts Redmond in a position to be a GATEKEEPER for HOLLYWOOD and
the MUSIC INDUSTRY, which already have seen what happens when
consumers start swapping digital files. This gatekeeper role could be
highly profitable for Microsoft."
"Like Microsoft, Rockefeller was a leading monopolist of his day
(speaking of threats to the American Way). His philosophy: 'Never let
personal feelings get in the way of making money.'"
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