[uug] Oracle and MySQL
amcnabb at mcnabbs.org
Mon Apr 27 10:26:55 MDT 2009
On Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 10:09:32AM -0600, Stuart Jansen wrote:
> In the world of the fan boy, saying anything nice about Microsoft is a
> cardinal sin. Some Linux fan boys are so ideologically pure they would
> denounce even Richard Stallman if he ever hinted at a positive opinion
> of anything Microsoft did. That's just plain silly.
About three years ago, I started saying that I could see myself actually
liking Microsoft in about five years. My thought process was very
similar to what Stuart is saying now: Microsoft has to change to stay
relevant. Anyway, I'm about halfway there, so I think my estimate might
have been just about right.
The only aspect in which I still "hate" them is the Microsoft Tax. This
has started to go away for the lowest end netbooks, but it's still not
gone yet. And I guess I'm still bothered by the Tom Tom lawsuit.
It's unfortunate that Microsoft didn't decide to split itself into two
companies a decade ago. If they had split into a MS Windows company and
an MS Office company, I think they both would have been pretty likeable
a few years ago.
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