Alert: New Microsoft FUD Storm Expected

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2007-02-07 Print this article Print

Opinion: Why does Microsoft keep playing games to make its products look better than they actually are? What are they afraid of? That Linux and Mac OS really are better. (Linux-Watch)

In recent weeks, Microsoft seems to have gone out of its way to put Linux down, while boosting Linux. First, there was the bribetop scandal; then, the Wikipedia "correction" affair. Now, the company is up to one of its oldest tricks: playing games with analyst reports.

This time around, Sunbelt Software is working with the Yankee Group, a research company with a poor reputation in Linux circles, to produce its "yearly major survey comparing Windows to Linux." Here we go again.
Whats wrong with that? Ill tell you whats wrong with it. Sunbelt is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner. In other words, theyre buddies with Microsoft. If anyone does say much bad about Windows, how many people do you think will see those results? I suspect theyll end up going straight in the great bit-bucket in the sky. Read the full story on Linux-Watch: Weather Alert: New Microsoft FUD Storm Expected Check out eWEEK.coms for Microsoft and Windows news, views and analysis.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor at large for Ziff Davis Enterprise. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.

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