[This is significant. It details an internal (and confidential)
Microsoft sanctioned memo on how to fight the Open Source movement
and Mainly Linux. ]
Read carefully and Please distribute widely. The document is long
I just quote some crucial parts of it]
Here are some notable quotes from the document, ``OSS'' is the
author's abbreviation for ``Open Source Software''.
Vinod Valloppillil (VinodV)
Aug 11, 1998 ¨C v1.00
[only a few excerpts follow, read the link above for the full details.]
* OSS poses a direct, short-term revenue and platform threat
to Microsoft, particularly in server space. Additionally, the
intrinsic parallelism and free idea exchange in OSS has benefits
that are not replicable with our current licensing model and
therefore present a long term developer mindshare threat.
* Recent case studies (the Internet) provide very dramatic
evidence ... that commercial quality can be achieved / exceeded
by OSS projects.
* ...to understand how to compete against OSS, we [Microsoft]
must target a *process* rather than a company.
* OSS is long-term credible ... FUD tactics can not be used to combat it.
* Linux and other OSS advocates are making a progressively more
credible argument that OSS software is at least as robust ¨C if
not more ¨C than commercial alternatives. The Internet provides
an ideal, high-visibility showcase for the OSS world.
* Linux has been deployed in mission critical, commercial
environments with an excellent pool of public testimonials.
... Linux outperforms many other UNIXes ... Linux is on track to
eventually own the x86 UNIX market ...
* Linux can win as long as services / protocols are commodities.
* OSS projects have been able to gain a foothold in many server
applications because of the wide utility of highly commoditized,
simple protocols. By extending these protocols and developing
new protocols, we can deny OSS projects entry into the market.
* The ability of the OSS process to collect and harness the
collective IQ of thousands of individuals across the Internet
is simply amazing. More importantly, OSS evangelization scales
with the size of the Internet much faster than our own evangelization
efforts appear to scale.