Microsoft's competitive positioning against open source

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I came across this entry on the Lobby4Linux blog. I don't know who writes th blog, or even if she/he is credible, but I found some of the comments interesting. Interesting and a bit worrisome. Worrisome because they paint Microsoft as it should be acting, and not as the backslapping Boy Scout that it has recently painted itself as.

When I talk with my Novell friends, I'm surprised by how naive they are about their recent pact with Microsoft. I talked with one relative newbie who was chattering about "big deals" being done with the help from Kevin Turner (COO) and other senior Microsoft executives. They apparently think that the loser in all this is Red Hat.

They're gullible in the extreme if they really think Microsoft has Novell's best interests at heart. It can't. That would be illegal. Microsoft's shareholders pay it to win, not hold hands with competitors.

Anyway, true or false, you can imagine that this is a plausible scene:

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