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Occasionally something I read on the web requires a response. The Washington Post Tech News is a site I visit regularly. Today this article appeared: Europe's Microsoft Alternative - Linux. The Tech News lead read:
Government efforts to use the open-source operating system are likely to become the next force to steal Microsoft's market share.
STEAL? Here is my response to this.
email@example.com This morning the Washington Post has this story; Europe's Microsoft Alternative http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A59197-2002Nov2?language=printer This is paragraph 4. "Extremadura is being closely watched by Linux enthusiasts and Microsoft for how it manages the transition. Such efforts are likely to become the next front in the battle to steal market share from Microsoft, now that a federal judge has approved a settlement in its antitrust case in the United States." Steal Market share? Such characterizations reveal a Pro Microsoft bias which would do better as an Opinion Piece than as a news story. So let see if I am understanding this. If it is not Microsoft then it is theft? The entire open source community are thieves? If you cannot attach a dollar amount to it, there must be something wrong with it? "In Extremadura, the regional government paid a local company $180,000 to cobble together a set of freely available software." "Cobble together? Are your editors out to lunch? Or is bias the normal way to report news? Let's do the math from your story. $180,000 bucks divided by the 10,000 desktops running this 'cobbled together' software. This is 18 bucks a desktop. This price per copy will only go down over time as more desktops adopt it. 10,000 desktops running WindowsXP at 99 bucks a copy would cost them $990,000 thousand dollars. This cost will never go down. In order to use it past 30 days you must register it. You need an internet connection or a phone line. How much is a phone call to Redmond Washington to receive an activation code? So add the cost of the internet connection/phone call to the Microsoft side of the ledger. Don't forget to include the 64 critical updates since the first of this year, and their cost as well. So this local government just saved its citizens $810,000.00 This of course is a bad thing, as your article points out, "Somebody might give you a free puppy this afternoon," Smith said, "but you're going to have to go buy dog food in the morning." To no longer receive unsolicited comments such as the above, you may consider renaming your publication 'The Microsoft Tech News Post'. This way you would eliminate confusion in the market place as a source of balanced news. This would also give you a little more leverage with Microsoft in your advertising budget. The you could hire some better writers and editors.
The Microsoft Anti-Trust settlement.
Somebody tell me this is a Halloween Joke.
Just the latest reason why Dan is my favorite Tech Reporter.
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