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Can We Trust Microsoft? Part 2 - The Video

by Susan Linton - Jul. 20, 2011Comments (8)

microsoftIt sure seems like Microsoft wants at least those with some influence, like Linus or The Linux Foundation, to trust them. Even after all their nefarious rhetoric and behavior, not to mention legal attacks, they are still trying to pretend to offer olive branches. This time it's a cute little video.

Microsoft has a bit of a track record sending gifts to their rivals - the ones they can't buy or sue. For example, they have sent Mozilla congratulations cakes on their milestone releases many times in the past.

So, I suppose this peace offering from Microsoft should be taken with a fair amount of skepticism. For the Linux Foundation on the 20th Anniversary of Linux, Microsoft has prepared a cute little video satirizing the rivalry between the two entities. And cute it is. It features cartoon-like Tux and Bill Gates animations drawn on a chalk board and the various stages of trying to just get along.

It begins with Gates offering Tux a birthday cake, but instead of accepting Tux turns his back and returns to his igloo. Gates looks sad and asks what happened. Then almost as if he's looking back at the history the show begins. The "rocky start" is depicted as Tux throwing a rock at the famous Windows four-pane window logo. It seems to break one of the panes, but still bouncing back off as Gates peering out, looking cynical, lowers the blinds.  Tux retreats looking a bit sad.

In the next scene we have a pumpkin-headed Gates scaring Tux as a ghost off with the caption, "Halloween 1998, Microsoft tried to scare Linux off..." This of course refers to the famous Halloween Memos circulated between Microsoft big-wigs about Linux, its effect on Microsoft's bottom line, and how to deal with it.

Next is Tux surfing on what is suppose to represent the Internet with Gates sitting on the beach looking distracted and bored with the caption, "...their ideas seemed too childish to Microsoft." This obviously depicts Microsoft's late arrival to the Internet game thinking it wouldn't amount to anything important.

It continues to say the two are still bickering with no truce in sight. Until, now back at the igloo, Tux slides the birthday cake into his icy home bring a smile to Bill's face. The next frame proclaims, "Or is there?"

Finally we're treated to the words "Microsoft vs. Linux" with an invisible hand scratching out vs. and writing "and."

"Happy Birthday, Linux!"

Microsoft now needs Linux, but should we to let bygones be bygones? Does this video change anything? I admit, it is kinda cute, but I'm still skeptical.


View the video at YouTube.

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It's not by Microsoft, it's a fan-made video.

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That's right, because if it were a Microsoft production, they would have spent $30 million to have Jerry Seinfeld perform in it.

No truce in sight -- yep, that sums it up.

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What kind of gift would aggressive and murderous Microsoft give to what he called "the Communist"? The way I see it, this cake must be poisonous...

A trust is something that should be earned and retained through your deeds, and I have no trust in Microsoft. One video cannot erase decades of hatred...

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Watch the video segment at 0:40 entitled "Even today, the two of them are still bickering." You will see Tux pulling a lever and Tux rising to Bill Gates eye level. In my opinion, Microsoft is admitting that Linux is growing on its own to a level equal to Microsoft. Priceless!!!

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The candles on the birthday cake are meant to melt the igloo - typical Microsoft "trojan horse"! ;-)

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can say much besides wow....

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Of course we can trust Microsoft!

Everyone in the world can trust Microsoft! Yay!

Based on 30+ years experience of Microsoft products and services I can surely and reliably trust Microsoft to:

Rip me off, lie, cheat, and bully, supply unfinished buggy code, lie about it, replace it with something slower and buggier, lie about it, update computers with crap, lie about it, even change their lies and lie about it, and so on. And on. They care only for their profits and pride.

If you ever doubted it, do a web search on: "Microsoft found guilty"

I started way back with MS EDTASM on a TRS-80, which kinda worked, but filled up most of my RAM leaving insufficient room for the code, so it would lock up and.... sound familiar?

Been helping friends and neighbours with their PCs for most of 30 years now, and the regular recurring problems just vanish once they switch away from MS.

One neighbour's kid saved up a small fortune for a shiny new copy of Vista (back in the day), installed it on the family PC (it was a Vista Ready! PC), turned it from a reliable workhorse into a sloth sleeping in clogged treacle - when it ran out of RAM it would lock up and.... There was no way back, since there was no longer a restore partition for XP.

My EDTASM fun and Vista clogging my mate's PC were over 25 years apart. This proves that over time, you can _really_ trust MS to do what it does so well!

It is indeed a cunning video - but false to fact in that Linux did not start throwing rocks - sure there were plenty of pissed-off ex-MS users, but it was Gates and Ballmer who started playing dirty with rivals from day zero.

And now they want trust?

Yes, there are some pleasant Microserfs working within their evil empire, but I notice that they don't seem to last long there.

Yes, people/corporations can change. I'll believe it when I see it - and the flying pigs, too.

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Microsoft programs are great but their service isn't too reliable

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