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Microsoft Attacks Linux: More EEE Tactics, Romanian Bribes, and Steps to Undermine Chinese GNU/Linux Migrations

“This anti-trust thing will blow over. We haven’t changed our business practices at all.”

--Bill Gates



Summary: Microsoft's hatred and subversive exploitation of GNU/Linux as demonstrated using some of the latest news

The Microsoft-perfected "embrace, extend, extinguish" (EEE) modus operandi can again be seen at 'work'. While some Microsoft propaganda sites (like "the Windows Club") repeat the infamous lie that Microsoft "loves Linux" during Easter other sites proceed to the next phase of EEE, which has so far been covered only in pro-Microsoft propaganda sites and unofficial PR staff [1, 2, 3], hence it's mostly misleading (this is probably handed out by Microsoft's PR agencies for them to cover the way Microsoft wants). Those who know or are willing to learn history of EEE will soon realise that Microsoft is just trying to push a big entrapment, Vista 10. It's using "Linux" as the bait.



"How can one pretend to oneself that Microsoft "loves Linux" when it's stomping on it all the time?"Corruption generally follows Microsoft, as we were recently reminded in light of news from Romania. To quote the new article "Romanians jailed over Microsoft licence embezzlement": "A former Romanian minister and three others have been jailed for embezzling the discount offered by Microsoft for software provided to schools. [...] The deal was worth US$105 million and was meant to supply Microsoft Office licences to school. Prosecutors said the four men embezzled the 47 per cent discount that Microsoft offered the government."

Microsoft... when everything else fails, bribery and 'discounts' to the rescue. Several of our readers are now urging for this kind of crackdown to happen in other countries too, including Russia. What about China? It too was mentioned in this context not too long ago (bribing officials) and there was a probe underway.

Remember that the above is clearly happening to the benefit of Microsoft and at the expense of GNU/Linux. Right now, based on reports like this one, Microsoft is trying to crush GNU/Linux in China (because it loves it?). We saw similar moves there last year and sometimes Bill Gates got personally involved.

How can one pretend to oneself that Microsoft "loves Linux" when it's stomping on it all the time? Does Microsoft assume people are blind, or perpetually brainwashed by some blue images with red hearts in them?

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