Microsoft says free software is dying?!

I was reading an article on ZDNet UK in which Micro$oft is claiming the recent decision by redhat to stop supporting its free os is the end of free software.

Bradley Tipp, Microsoft ‘s UK national systems engineer says “We haven ‘t talked to a single user who has said they ‘re using [open source] because it ‘s better.”

They aparently didn ‘t ask, “do you find it better” or “why do you use”. Because it certainly is: More configurable, more widely used in a server environment, FAR more stable, free, faster, able to handle abour 4X the load… who the hell are they trying to kid? Do they assume there customers know nothing of free software?!

Another Microsoft employee was quoted as saying “At least if Linux takes off, their viruses will propagate and we won ‘t be seen as the bad guys any more.”

Lets take this part here… “if Linux takes off…
WTF are they thinking?! According to netcraft 64.61% of the web servers on the net are using Apache and 23.46 are using IIS.

Now when pulling up those numbers I found an interesting quote to support my argument.

“During 2001 and the first half of 2002 several companies hosting very large numbers of hostnames including Webjump, Namezero, Homestead, and Network Solutions migrated to Microsoft-IIS. Subsequently these businesses have either failed, significantly changed their business model, or reverted to their previous platform, and Microsoft-IIS share is now in line with its long term pre-summer 2001 level of around 20%.”

Bah… I ‘v had enough of those schmucks.