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Microsoft May Be Targeting the Ubuntu Desktop 583

mjasay writes "Microsoft is advertising for a new director of open source strategy, but this one has a specific purpose: fight the Linux desktop. 'The Windows Competitive Strategy team is looking for a strong team member to lead Microsoft's global desktop competitive strategy as it relates to open source competitors.' For a variety of reasons, this move is almost certainly targeted at Ubuntu Linux's desktop success. With the Mac, not Linux, apparently eating into Microsoft's Windows market share, what is it about desktop Linux, and specifically Ubuntu, that has Microsoft spooked?" Reader christian.einfeldt notes Microsoft's acknowledgment of the FOSS threat to their business model within SEC filings, and suggests that this job posting could instead be about maintaining Internet Explorer's market share lead against Firefox.

Comment Re:I'm amazed (Score 1) 337

I think it's cynicism combined with apathy that's gonna get us. There was only one man in our history who truly looked at the highest position of power as an opportunity to serve: George Washington. Everyone else since has proven that those who can get the office should by no means have it. Our system, as I understand it, is based on the notion that our collective cynical and hopefully well informed and mostly rational voices can temper the lust for power, but we have to keep talking to the right people and, yeah, keep the hope that things will get better.

Never trust an operating system.