Microsoft Hit List

Microsoft’s latest checklist
Date: 2007-06-14 (transfered from old blog)

I’ve been using Linux on my main desktop computer for many years now and find the recent deals Microsoft is making with major Linux distributions to be very troubling. I use ArchLinux, which is surely not even on Microsoft’s radar, but still, anything that happens to the more popular Linux distros can hurt us all.

Microsoft’s checklist…

[x] SuSE (failing, easy target)

[x] Xandros (failing, easy target)

[x] Linspire/Freespire (failing, easy target)

[ ] Mandriva (failing, easy target)

[ ] Redhat/Fedora (they have money, might be a hard one to crack, concentrate on patent lawsuits)

[ ] Ubuntu/Kubuntu/Xubuntu (they have community, might be a hard one to crack, concentrate on patent lawsuits)

[ ] Slackware (who cares, only hardcore nerds use this, ignore for now)

[ ] Gentoo (who cares, only hardcore nerds use this, ignore for now)

[ ] Debian (they have militant community, might be impossible to crack, ignore for now)

For more information, check out these Slashdot articles…

Linspire Signs Patent Pact With MS

Microsoft Gives Xandros Users Patent Protection

Novell Goes Public with Microsoft Linux Deal