HALLOWEEN I - A Microsoft internal document
now known as "Halloween Document I" has found wider circulation
than was intended. The Wall Street Journal confirmed with Microsoft that the
document was genuine. This document admits Linux seriously threatens Windows
NT/2000 in the server space, and that combating its spread will be difficult.
The strategy recommended is to accelerate corruption and perversion of international networking standards, including Internet standards, to which Linux adheres (along with most other operating and communications systems). This is a risky path for Microsoft because the serious loss of momentum NT (now Windows 2000) has suffered makes it imperative it integrate well with Unix environments, and it is from Unix that most of the international standards have been derived.
HALLOWEEN II - A second internal document has been leaked regarding the "Linux Threat". This one is notable in its implication that Linux is a serious threat because it is better than Windows NT in "customization, scalability, availability, reliability and interoperability" and is improving faster than NT/2000.
Both Halloween Documents (with commentary) are available for your enjoyment, along with other materials associated with those documents .
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