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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Kubuntu Linux Emerges From Ubuntu’s Shadow

5 09 2013

The KDE desktop variant of Ubuntu Linux gets its own commercial support as it begins life away from Canonical.

Thanks to support vendor Emerge Open, the Kubuntu Linux distribution now has its own commercial support for those users and enterprises that need or want it. Kubuntu is the KDE desktop version of the Ubuntu Linux distribution that is commercially supported by Canonical. The primary Ubuntu Linux distribution is based on the GNOME Linux desktop.

“Canonical used to provide a commercial support service for Kubuntu but dropped it last year,” Kubuntu developer Jonathan Riddell told eWEEK.

Riddell explained that Kubuntu is one of the flavors of Ubuntu and, along with the flagship Ubuntu Desktop, it gets server infrastructure to build packages and host Kubuntu distribution.

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Kubuntu 10.10 Released

11 10 2010


The Kubuntu team is proud to announce the release of 10.10, the latest version of our popular Linux distribution. Kubuntu is one of the Ubuntu distributions and is based on KDE Software.

With the combination of its Ubuntu backbone, the amazing KDE Platform and Applications, plus a few unique extras, 10.10 aims to provide the best fusion of stability, beauty and up-to-date software.

Whether working, browsing the web, playing your music, composing an email or connecting with your friends on social networks, Kubuntu 10.10 brings you an innovative and attractive platform for all your desktop needs!

You can also hear about the Kubuntu 10.10 release on the KDE Masters of the Universe podcast.

Read on for highlights and information on how to get Kubuntu 10.10.

Kubuntu – Página de cara lavada.

29 07 2010

Na maioria dos Media quando se fala em Linux a maioria das vezes fala-se em Ubuntu.

O Ubuntu Linux é um produto da Canonical, desenvolvido pela mesma e com a contribuição de milhares de programadores e entusiastas espalhados pelo mundo inteiro.

Embora não seja a coqueluche da empresa, o Kubuntu, um derivado do Ubuntu, usa em vez do Gnome apadrinhado pela casa mãe, o KDE Software Compilation. Além desta variante, existem tantas outras que pode consultar aqui na WikiPédia.

As grandes diferenças entre eles são maioritariamente ao nível da interface, há quem defenda que o Gnome é bastante mais fácil de utilizar, outros defendem que o KDE é melhor para utilizadores avançados – a meu ver, o Gnome tenta ser o mais parecido com a facilidade de utilização do OSX da Apple, enquanto o KDE tenta ser uma plataforma com conceitos inovadores, o KDE inclusive corre no Windows e pode substituir a Shell do Windows.

Eu prefiro o KDE, uso KDE desde os tempos do Slackware, ainda muito tempo antes de o Patrick Volkerding, o Pai do Slackware ter deixado de incluir o Gnome oficialmente no Slackware.

Seja pela interface, pelo consumo de recursos ou pela razão que seja, a escolha existe e é diversificada.

O Kde 4.5.0 sairá na primeira semana de Agosto, talvez esta nova imagem seja uma mensagem de boas vindas à nova compilação que se aproxima…

Kubuntu 10.04 LTS

29 04 2010

Saiu hoje o Kubuntu 10.04 LTS, Lucid Lynx, a primeira versão Long Term Support baseada no KDE Plasma Desktop (KDE SC 4.4.2)

Kubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) Released

29 10 2009


Kubuntu is built with the latest KDE desktop on top of a solid Ubuntu core. We believe this combination delivers a fantastic all-round home desktop experience. Our selection of tools and applications will provide you with all that you need for most of your tasks, with many more available just a few clicks away! Whether browsing the web, playing your music, composing an e-mail or connecting with your friends on social networks, Kubuntu 9.10 brings you an innovative and attractive platform for all your desktop needs.

Read on for information on how to get Kubuntu and what is new in Karmic.

Installing 9.10

Full Release announcement