Even Microsoft's anti-Linux message isn't this bad

Microsoft doesn't think that Linux is terrorists' operating system of choice. An ad making that argument hit the Web a few weeks ago, and some people think it's actually from Microsoft.

This anti-Linux Microsoft "ad" hit the Web a few weeks ago, but I just came across it last night and thought it was funny.

It's not funny because of its content but rather because some people actually think that it's a real ad put out by Microsoft to discredit Linux, one originally placed on a page describing how to multiboot operating systems.

I laughed out loud when I saw it, as it's clearly a fake. Whatever you may think of Microsoft, its marketing is classier than this . Well, some of its marketing , at least. ;-)

For those that remain unconvinced ("Al Qaeda IT Professionals"? Please, people!!), consider:

  • The message is unacceptable to anyone with any sense of decorum and, whatever one may think of Microsoft, it is a grown-up company. This sort of advertising would never be approved by a global, responsible company like Microsoft.
  • The "Get the Facts" campaign ended in July 2007. Microsoft isn't recycling old campaigns to beat Linux;
  • Windows Server System is a brand/campaign that was terminated in 2006;
  • The use of Microsoft's logo with a U.S. flag is blatant misuse of trademark policies;
  • It's not linked to a Microsoft landing page or any landing page of any kind - when was the last time that you saw marketing that left you stranded with the image and no up-sell?

It's fine to despise Microsoft. It's wrong to invent gauche marketing and represent it as Microsoft's. This one was funny, but it stops being funny when nimwits actually believe it's real.

Follow me on Twitter at mjasay.

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    Matt Asay is chief operating officer at Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu Linux operating system. Prior to Canonical, Matt was general manager of the Americas division and vice president of business development at Alfresco, an open-source applications company. Matt brings a decade of in-the-trenches open-source business and legal experience to The Open Road, with an emphasis on emerging open-source business strategies and opportunities. He is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not an employee of CNET. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mjasay.


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