The Halloween Documents: Microsoft’s Anti-Linux Strategy 15 Years Later

31 10 2013

It’s almost Halloween—which marks 15 years since Eric S. Raymond published the first leaked “Halloween Documents” documenting Microsoft’s (MSFT) secret strategy to compete with Linux and open source. A lot has changed since then, when terms such as “fear, uncertainty and doubt” (FUD) first exploded into the lexicon. But how much remains the same? Do Microsoft and open source play nicely today?

The Halloween Documents, so-called because the first one leaked in October 1998, don’t actually have much to do with Halloween itself—which I find sad, as an avid fan of the holiday. But for understanding the historical relationship between Microsoft and open source, the memos are vital.

They were the first to reveal the particularly nasty “tricks” Microsoft planned in its effort to contain the open source movement, and to prevent Linux in particular from cutting too deeply into its revenue. One key strategy for the company was implementing proprietary protocols to lock customers into Microsoft software. Another was touting Microsoft software as offering lower total cost of ownership (TCO) than Linux, even though the documents showed that Microsoft itself found Linux to be the cheaper overall solution in many cases.

History, however, has proven Microsoft’s strategy largely wrong. Fifteen years after Raymond published the first of the documents (he subsequently added several more to his site, along with extensive commentary), which Microsoft later acknowleded to be authentic, Windows and Linux continue to coexist. And while Linux and open source never became an existential threat to Microsoft, as the Halloween Documents suggest executives at the company once feared, it’s hard to deny that they have significantly curtailed the company’s share of important markets, like servers operating systems and applications, for many years. Microsoft might be a richer enterprise today if it had achieved the goals it articulated in the Halloween Documents.

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No End in Sight to Linux’s Reign in the Top500

19 06 2013

Linux’s many strengths are undeniable in numerous aspects of computing today, but if there’s one area in which its domination tends to continue virtually unchallenged, it’s supercomputing.

Last November’s Top500 list was a perfect illustration of that ongoing reign and now the latest version of that list brings even more good news for Linux fans.


Linux took more than 95% of the top500 supercomputers list.

Linux continues its domination of the Top500 supercomputer list “with all of the top 10 and more than 90 percent of systems relying on clustered Linux,” said Jay Lyman, a senior analyst for enterprise software at 451 Research.

Most notably, in the 41st Top500 list, which was announced Monday at the 2013 International Supercomputing Conference in Leipzig, Germany, Linux’s share of the world’s fastest machines had increased yet again by more than another percentage point to 95.2 percent.

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Video: Former Microsoftie making ‘Software Wars’ movie

13 12 2012

Break out the popcorn: A new crowdfunding campaign, launched overnight, aims to raise $150,000 to complete a movie about the open-source software movement and the “war for freedom” against the world of proprietary software.

Keith Curtis

The main producer is Keith Curtis, a Seattle-based author and programmer who spent 11 years at Microsoft before being converted to the world of Linux and open-source software. The movie is based on a portion of Curtis’ book, “After the Software Wars,” but he’s working on the project with an extensive virtual team out of L.A.

He says the goal is to make a film that’s engaging and informative for geeks, but also approachable and interesting to everyone else.

Check out the trailer above, including snippets of interviews with Linus Torvalds and other key players from the open-source software movement.

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LibreOffice developer shows prototype Android and HTML5 ports

7 02 2012

The Document Foundation (TDF) announced plans last year to create mobile and cloud versions of LibreOffice. A preliminary iOS porting effort that was undertaken earlier in 2011 demonstrated the viability of the project and showed that the open source office suite could have a future beyond the desktop.


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Moving from Windows to Linux: Easy Steps and Resources

6 02 2012

Linux is succeeding on many platforms other than computing desktops, but it’s still true that many Microsoft Windows users are either switching to Linux or choosing to run it as a secondary operating system.  In many cases, Windows users are unaware of the benefits they can get from Linux, or don’t know where to start in experimenting.  However, there are a number of free resources available for Windows users who want to take the Linux plunge. In this post, you’ll find our updated collection of several of them that can make moving to Linux very easy.



Article Includes Links to free information to aid Windows Users Migrate to Linux, including a PC World Article.

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Linux 3.3 Will Let You Boot Into Android: Greg-KH | Muktware

4 02 2012

The 3.3 kernel release will let you boot an Android userspace with no modifications, but not very good power management. The 3.4 kernel release will hopefully have the power management hooks that Android needs in it, along with a few other minor missing infrastructure pieces that didn’t make it into the 3.3 kernel release.


Microsoft Loses US Smart Phone Market Share — Again – View From Above

4 02 2012

Another set of comScore US smart phone market share statistics and once again Microsoft lost ground. Maybe it’s time to rethink this whole consumer approach to the market and take a hard look at the enterprise.