Can the Redmond Leopard Change Its Spots?
Microsoft execs claim to want to change the terms of the Linux vs. Windows debate. But do they really and, more importantly can they?Weve come a long way from the days when top Microsoft brass called Linux "un-American" and a "cancer." Or have we? Microsofts new point man on Linux, Martin Taylor, is making the rounds this week, informing folks that Microsoft is done with helping to fuel the never-ending Linux vs. Windows religious wars. Instead, Microsoft wants to focus on "facts," Taylor says, such as data provided by third-party studies (some of which will be funded unabashedly by Microsoft) designed to help customers evaluate open-source vs. Microsoft software. Microsoft already has funded at least two such studies last years total cost of ownership study performed by International Data Corp. and the more recent embedded Windows vs. embedded Linux bake-off done by Embedded Market Forecasters. Microsofts public sector unit has its own open-source vs. Microsoft studies involving government customers up its sleeve, as well, Microsoft officials have acknowledged.
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