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Re: MS offers "Services For Unix" free of charge

At 04:21 PM 1/15/2004, Shankar Unni you wrote:
>Larry Hall wrote:
>>The current buzz on this change was that MS was afraid 
>> too many "orphaned" 98 users (currently 25% of Windows users)
>> might "defect" to Linux rather than upgrade [...]
>Oooh. I wonder what they were smoking. I seriously doubt even a tiny fraction of those users would even *think* about Linux, let alone think they could handle it themselves. We're talking about folks who think adding a DIMM is something they have to haul the PC back to the manufacturer for..

True but there are versions of Linux out there that are very easy to 
install and look and feel allot like Windows.  But that's a separate 
subject only potentially related to the topic at hand, mostly by timing.
I don't think it's on-topic for this list.

>No, I see this as more of a move towards enticing people to try SFU for free. Once they're hooked, we'll see "SFU Professional", "SFU Enterprise Edition" (and dare I dream? "SFU Data Center Edition").
>("The first hit's free, kid!").

Perhaps.  But if that's their goal they could have introduced those 
versions now.  I'm not saying they won't do what you suggest but the 
move they just made with it would imply to me that they aren't heading
that way.  I also don't see much to get "hooked" on that isn't available 
from another source, free or otherwise.  Regardless, I'm interested in 
the results of your upcoming tests.

Larry Hall                    
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