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Best Buy Reminds Us of the “New” Microsoft, the *Real* Microsoft

Posted in FUD, GNU/Linux, Marketing, Microsoft, Windows at 3:59 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

“Do you feel like you’re screwing a porcupine and you’re one prick against thousands?” the OSCON audience member asked Ramji. Ramji politely replied: “It takes time to change and I knew that I’d be unpopular when I took this job…”

Microsoft: Not worried about open source patents

Summary: Microsoft’s attempts to demonstrate fair play are ruined by Microsoft’s utter contempt and lies

MICROSOFT’S BEST BUY FOLLY has already reached Staples employees too. Microsoft is utterly desperate and to make matters worse, Microsoft’s attempt to indoctrinate people against GNU/Linux turns out to have just indoctrinated people against Microsoft. People are not all stupid and now that Microsoft’s tactics are leaked and exposed for the whole world to see, distrust of Microsoft will be growing. Here is how Helios put it:

It is a desperate move…

This one that Microsoft is making…

But should we expect anything else?

Probably not. Audacity is their calling card.

See Microsoft has no problem lying. They don’t “misspeak”. they don’t “mis-represent the facts”.

They lie through their gold-capped teeth.

If the above linked post is verified as true, and I have just fairly well verified on my own that it is; then the evidence is irrefutable….

They are liars….at the very best, they are withholding truths.

Or delusional…

All is fair in love and marketing…right?

The Microsoft crowd sure loves accusing the FSF of “trashing” Microsoft [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6], but to quote SoftPedia’s headline, “Microsoft Trashes Open Source OS.”

What will people think of the “new Microsoft”? A gentler, kinder Microsoft? Surely that’s a joke.

Here is how Linux Pro Magazine puts it, despite being cavalier for the most part:

New Anti-Linux Propaganda from Microsoft

Screenshots obviously conditioning PC sales personnel to lie about Linux have been discovered in a US forum hosting Windows 7 training modules.

With the impending release of Windows 7, that in contrast to Vista supposedly runs at an acceptable speed on netbooks, Microsoft’s marketing machine, faced with the enormous popularity of Linux in the netbook segment, has changed up a gear in its anti-Linux propaganda. What is commonly referred to as FUD in Internet jargon (Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt), is being implemented in the form of a list of dubious facts used in Microsoft’s sales training modules to drive customers back to Windows– a well known tactic that Microsoft has used against Linux in the past.(see Halloween documents).

No. But Microsoft is not afraid of GNU/Linux. Not at all.

See the Halloween documents and Microsoft's confidential anti-GNU/Linux presentations.

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  1. Needs Sunlight said,

    September 9, 2009 at 6:15 am


    It’s really not appropriate any more for people to tolerate the behaviour of the Microsoft crowd. Nearly everyone has been more than polite only to have the bounds of acceptable behaviour crossed again and again by the softers.

    Sure they’ll whine, yell and insult, but they’ve only spread their problem because all the legitimate people have held their tongues or outright folded in the face of the MSFT noise. They don’t have any real work and can so spend all day wasting your time, but when enough people tell them to STFU or simply spend the breath to utter one sentence correcting them, they’ll get rubbed out through sheer volume.

    Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    For those wishing to learn the history of Microsoft’s abuses, here is a concise document from ECIS [PDF].

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