Re: MSFT Chicanery

From: Fred McLain <mclain_at_zipcon_dot_net>
Date: Fri Sep 21 2007 - 13:04:27 CDT

Hi Allen, that was a pretty good show. However, you really should
have called the host on some of the inaccuracies in his statements:

1. Apache is Linux only
This simply isn't true. Apache runs on Windows as well as various
distributions of Unix and Linux.

2. That the Linux "back room" server market share was largely taken
from Microsoft.
Actually, I believe this market share was taken mostly from Unix.
Largely Solaris.

3. That the big money was in the back room - if that were true, the
server side vendors would be making more money then MS.

It isn't helpful when false statements, even those supporting OSS,
are allowed to go unchallenged.

        -Fred-

On Sep 21, 2007, at 9:12 AM, Alan Dechert wrote:

> I went to back-to-school night Sep 10. A handout for the
> "HomeLink" application says, "Microsoft Internet Explorer running
> on a Windows-based PC is the only software that will provide
> accurate student information online."
>
> A quick search on the vendor, aeries (aeries.com "eagle software"),
> shows they are a "Microsoft certified partner," and appears to be
> spreading the same phoney line to all their customers -- which they
> repeat to all the students and parents.
>
> Maybe the open source community could give the schools a drop in
> replacement for that HomeLink thing.
>
> I will be on Black Box America (http://www.toginet.net ) again this
> morning 10am Pacific -- this time with Jim March hosting. We'll
> talked mostly about the MSFT problem, and also relate it to voting.
>
>
> Alan D.
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