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In reply to Charles Kelly, NT*Pro's message sent 11/9/97 6:07 AM:
>I'd feel more comfortable with people who are positive advocates for
>whatever their position is. Be an advocate for Sun, be an advocate for
>Linux, be an advocate for OS/2, be an advocate for Microsoft -- "whatever
>floats your boat." At least when you are an advocate for something you take
>time to really get to know it. This "I hate Microsoft" is fear driven from
>the unknown. I doubt if anyone on this list really knows much about
>Microsoft other that what they fear. I really feel that if they knew more
>about the company and their practices (not the imagined ones) that they
>would at least have a chance to see these issues in a more balanced light.
I take personal exception to this remark on two grounds. First, I have
myself (and others present and unaccounted for) made a considerable
effort to "know" about Microsoft and their behavior in the marketplace,
and so are not speaking through their collective hats, as you might have
Second, your dismissive characterization of those of us who would bring
these facts to light as "haters" is condescending at best. Some people
will express hatred, to be sure, but a great many other express a sense
of frustration, not only resulting from a lack of choice, but over the
means by which that lack of choice was foisted upon them.
As one who has been on the "front lines" of this issue for over a year, I
can attest to the fact that this was a very lonely place until very
recently. Microsoft has held the floor of the debate uncontested, and
used their formidable powers to promote whatever was in their interests
via commercial speech. They also continue to maintain unfettered access
to media; Bill Gates opens his mouth, and his words instantly appear in
every press outlet on Earth. In short, Microsoft has no problem
whatsoever making its case to the public.
Far from creating an "unbalanced" view, the public criticism of Microsoft
we are know hearing from this list and elsewhere is finally beginning to
restore some sense of balance to the overall debate. I find it curious
that even to discuss the very _real_ (as opposed to imagined) questions
of Microsoft's often consumer-hostile behavior is taken as threatening by
some. Efforts to dismiss this discussion as a product of a "fear of the
unknown" I have to take as evidence of this phenomenon. As a blanket
characterization, it is also gravely in error.
Half the lies they tell me aren't true.
-- Yogi Berra
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