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Important Precedence: IBM Threatens to Sue Microsoft Over Propaganda Site

"Microsoft did sponsor the benchmark testing and the NT server was better tuned than the Linux one. Having said that, I must say that I still trust the Windows NT server would have outperformed the Linux one."

--Windows platform manager, Microsoft South Africa
Reference: Outrage at Microsoft’s independent, yet sponsored NT 4.0/Linux research



Summary: Another manufactured 'benchmark' from Microsoft gets the wrath of rivals

ABOUT A month ago, 18 companies sued the Swiss government for dealing with Microsoft behind closed doors and signing expensive (probably overpriced) deals by completely excluding competition [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10]. This set an important legal precedence and IBM may be setting another one right now. Sadly, as far as the news is concerned, this story is only covered by a Microsoft spinner from Ziff Davis (they work with Microsoft [1, 2, 3, 4]). The author does not even bother giving voice to anyone from IBM's side, so it's virtually ghostwritten by Microsoft employees. The gist of the story is this:



IBM lawyers have contacted Microsoft about the "Who Knew?" site, which claims that customers will save money and get better performance by running WebSphere on Windows Server 2008, instead of on IBM operating systems.


The dispute here must be over deliberate deception. Microsoft has never any qualms about misrepresentation of facts and faking of benchmarks. See quote at the very top. "Get the Facts", "Linux Personas", "It's better with Windows", "[Vendor] recommends Vista" and other paid-for messages (advertisements) are disguised as "facts" or endorsements, so this is not acceptable. GNU/Linux is not the only victim .

“Microsoft has never any qualms about misrepresentation of facts and faking of benchmarks.”Let's take VMware for example. It was a long time ago that Microsoft commissioned the Yankee Group to attack VMware's business [1, 2]. Yankee consequently pulled the report (VMware did not accept this libelous attack), but Microsoft still hosted its copies of the propaganda it had paid for. Microsoft later proceeded to creating anti-VMware Web site/s. In a similar vain, Microsoft is using ACT to create pro-software patents Web sites in Europe.

When will this end and why does Microsoft still wonder if circles in IT distrust it, to say the very least?

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