Anti-Linux "Tiger Team" Forming at Microsoft

A blatantly obvious help wanted ad on Microsoft's Web site offers a position for an anti-Linux marketing spinmeister.

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The ad, which was recently spotted on Microsoft's web site (and gleefully referenced on the InfoWorld forum pages) offered an anti-Linux marketing position. Particular marketing skills were mentioned. This ad was posted a couple of weeks after Microsoft publicly announced formation of an "about 10 person" team to counter the "Linux threat". A casual analysis shows this is just the tip of the iceberg - the persons named are not the sort that operate without significant supporting staff.

It is pretty obvious Microsoft is stuck between a rock and a hard place. The rock is the explosive growth Linux, and the hard place is the Department of Justice. Shipments of Linux for server duty are soaring, while shipments of Windows NT stagnate or even decline. Clearly, Microsoft needs to bring their FUD guns (Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt) to bear, but are reluctant to do so while judge Jackson is watching. Linux is the only thing they have to point at when they tell the judge "we do not have a monopoly". The judge, of course, knows better anyway. Linux sells primarily to the server market - where Microsoft does not have a monopoly - not into the desktop market where Microsoft does have a monopoly.

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