Ok, I'm going to drop 2 cents here...
I don't normally get into these kind of discussions because, even though I use Linux and have for a few years now, I have nothing against Microsoft and it makes no sense to me to constantly tear down the ones who (for better or worse) made the most headway into making computing available for the masses (even if it's fun sometimes).
Besides, I am usually perfectly happy minding my own business, tinkering with my Linux box at home, glad that MS is mostly out of my way.
But sometimes somebody annoys you, like a mosquito around your head in the night, to the point you gotta just SWAT the damn thing.
May I present my Mr. Mosquito, aka Bill Hilf, Microsoft's "Platform Strategy Director". He is head of Microsoft's Linux lab and he so clearly doesn't get it that it's annoying, maddening, and pitiful.
Someone whose job it is to understand these things should know better than to make statements like these publicly:
Microsoft director out to 'debunk mythology around open source'http://www.bangkokpo...09May2007_data05.phpWait a minute, hold the phone:
I was going to go into a full-blown rant on this, but I just got a message pointing me to his blog.
Apparently, he was clearly taken out of context on some things, and according to his own words:http://port25.techne.../clarifications.aspx
he even said he may have spoken too soon.
My opinion still stands that he should think before he speaks, but at least I am dispelled of the notion that he is a complete idiot.