Microsoft's Port 25 Blog
I need to think about this. Should I go there and blog out my feelings in a rage against Microsoft? Or, would they just turn around and potentially use that as ammo against Linux?
Let me give you an example. Suppose I say something simple like, "I can do more with Linux. I can mod my system and optimize it for free, taking advantage of slower hardware, or giving it fancy features that I cannot do as easily on Windows. Windows can only take me so far without having to pay for extras, and even then there aren't enough options." However, if I posted that, then all Microsoft has to do is turn around and tell their devs, "See? This is what we need to add to Vista, you dopes! Now get cracking!"
The facts come down to this. Microsoft has tried every possible angle to defeat Linux, including extremely secretive, arrogant, thug-like, unethical, and some may say even illegal means to stop it. They've even had a similar campaign like this before where they pretend to embrace *nux, but then in the next couple of months they do something completely outrageous again. It's like Charlie Brown and Lucy come the football season and she says, "I'll hold ball for you, Charlie Brown." Sorry, but I ain't buying it.
Microsoft also *has* to be hurting right now on large contracts. Many of these are going Linux because of budget problems, especially in the governments around the world. Many country businesses are also realizing the maturity, security, richness, durability, and uptime of Linux. They also like the ability to have more choices and not be stuck with vendor lock-in. They're doing it at an amazing pace and even rejecting the interoperability FUD that Microsoft is spewing out, where Microsoft says that using Windows means guaranteeing that its products will work together. (Oh yeah, like it took several years after the PowerPoint and FrontPage product acquisitions to get integrated in with the rest of the MS Office suite as far as OLE, COM, and VBA.)
By Microsoft extending an olive branch now, it can only be for devious reasons. This dope Bill Hilf has been duped by Microsoft into thinking he can actually get somewhere here. However, like one blogger said, he's merely a meat shield. Instead, I think Microsoft will use the info gathered from this blog to eventually turn around and produce more Linux FUD and improve Vista (now that it's gone back to the blackboard).
The best thing we can do for *nux, and to fight Microsoft, is to *not* participate on this blog. They do not need the ammo.
In fact, if you were to analyze the net traffic from this site, I would reason to bet that more people at microsoft.com, especially the top brass and the product managers of the Vista teams, are the top visitors.