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The Halloween Documents: Microsoft Unmasked
by A. Richard Miller
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Hi, Friends of MMS:
Hello, again! Fifteen years ago, on Halloween of 1998, leaked documents from Microsoft
confirmed what we already knew: Microsoft was waging a secret and
dishonest campaign to sabotage GNU/Linux and free, open-source
Eric Raymond made the leaked "Halloween Documents"
public, and one country after another used the information to free
itself of Microsoft's fetters. This year, the list of government users
of GNU/Linux is staggering. Even in the USA (Microsoft's home
nation, where consumers are least-protected from Microsoft
over-marketing and stores pretend Linux doesn't exist), we Linuxers see great progress.
Microsoft still is a giant corporation, but it failed to kill Linux and
its mascot, Tux the penguin. Fifteen years later (and thanks to Android
Linux on tablets and smart phones), the most common operating system in
use is GNU/Linux. Nearly all servers run GNU/Linux. And this month, our
own favorite Ubuntu Linux comes installed on 10% of all new desktop and
laptop computers (although that's hardly noticeable in our USA).
On this fifteenth anniversary, we invite you to remember The Halloween Documents by reading them:
And speaking of Ubuntu Linux, its biggest current project is Ubuntu Touch,
a new version of Ubuntu which adjusts itself and its one-size-fits-all
application programs to optimize for the computer you're on - be it a
smart phone, tablet, notebook or desktop computer, or a giant corporate
network. We're very pleased to host a first Boston-region showing of
Ubuntu Touch at the November 7th meeting of our FOSS User Group. We
hope you can join us there!
Helping GNU/Linux to grow,
and Jill Miller, Partners, MMS <TheMillers@millermicro.com>
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