Tue Nov 23 21:06:20 2004 Is Microsoft
getting used to hearing about Linux?
Posted by Tony Lawrence
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I get called pretty regularly by Microsoft. They are usually pushing a seminar, or their drug-dealer software program - they give resellers tons of free or low cost software for in-house use so we can push it on our customers, who of course have to pay what it's not worth; customers don't get subsidies unless they buy it by the truckload. Even then the resellers probably get better deals.
I usually tell them that I'm a Unix/Linux shop and not interested. Once in a while, when I'm in Industrial Espionage mode, I'll take them up on something, but usually I don't. In the past, they'd often ask questions and at least try to keep the conversation going, but I've noticed lately that they just hang up. Immediately. "I'm a Linux/Unix shop". Click.
Now it could be that the computer display tells them the nasty truth about me: he's unlikely to be interested. But it could also be that the caller-bees are hearing this more often than they used to, and aren't going to waste time with the infidels any longer. I hope that's true, and I hope they hear it more and more in the years to come.
I still buy their stock, though, and fervently hope that it will someday turn out to be an awful investment. If it doesn't, I'll be miserably unhapppy, but at least I'll have some cash to console myself with. Oh, and all the software CD's they've sent me. They look very pretty glued to my office wall.
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