Why Linux Sux? Yes why does it?!

Seems Linux advocates have taken the Why Linux Sux? album in the gallery (edit: 2015 - gallery removed, please use the links below) a little the wrong way. So let's just put it here for the record:


I have made the full size screen shots available for download here:

Ok. Stop the e-mail! I know what people are saying is partly true - the "Why Linux Sux?" album is a bit of "bad press" for Linux. But notice the "?" after the title? This is posed as a question: Yes why, indeed, does Microsoft think Linux is bad for business?

A warrior is encouraged to "know thy enemy" and I advocate this stance. Hence the reason I am hosting Microsoft's own sales education material. As Linux promoters, we need to know what the alternatives (sic) are in the same market space and what the promoters of the alternatives are using to get an edge.

I use Linux professionally and also run a consultancy business to specifically target and encourge small to medium business to invest in open-source offerings such as Linux and/or FreeBSD etc. I was very interested to learn about Microsoft's marketing tactics as I can now more effectively sell my services and better promote free (GPL/BSD) alternatives to directly counter the "opposition".

Having said all that I work for a company that has seen an increasing role for open-source products in it's core infrastructure. In fact our entire DNS, e-mail and web proxy infrastructure runs on a mix of Linux and FreeBSD. Our CTO is a (was?) a BIG MS fan until we started doing more with "obsoleted" hardware for less money than what the Microsoft Marketdroids were quoting. We have almost won over the CTO on expanding the reach of OSS alternatives. Not through being Linux zealots, but rather proving that OSS can make a viable contribution to the organisation. Let's drop the holy-war, and get back to doing what OSS has always done best - making great software!! :-)


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