[KLUG Advocacy] Re: Mudslinging

Adam Tauno Williams advocacy@kalamazoolinux.org
Thu, 08 Apr 2004 09:16:43 -0400

> Fear Doubt Uncertainty

At least around here FUD (Fear Uncertainty Doubt) just doesn't have any
traction anymore.  Shoot, you can't even watch prime time TV without
getting whacked in the forehead by IBM's Linux commercials.  And during
the shows intelligent suit-wearing people watch (McNeal Letter News
Hour, CNN Business Report, etc...) it is almost a constant pro-Linux

My favorite example is those full two page adds Microsoft was running in
every trade rag for awhile.  The weird green ones with the white letters
saying "UNIX Like Stability And Performance"; in a Windows add!  Now
that add designer probably got fired.  Our CEO walks into my office with
the add and says 'So are they really almost as good as LINUX now?' [
"Like" was a very poor word choice. ]  This coming from a man who
stuggled with the concept of "logging off".  

The war of legitimacy is over,  the current purpose of M$-FUD is just to
hang on to those last enclaves of Windows-only people.  And I suspect
they'll hold that ground for along time because even mongers like Dr.
James Dobson manage to hang onto their loyal disciples after they
humiliate themselves.