The Register: MS ‘slush’ fund provides big discounts to stop Linux – email

My spin: Can MS stop the Linux growth no. Can it slow it no. It should…embrace it cautiously. Why not the Microsoft version of Linux?
News Clip: Microsoft’s head of worldwide sales last summer circulated a ‘stop Linux at any price’ email to sales execs and senior company executives, including Steve Ballmer, Jim Allchin and Jeff Raikes. According to the International Herald Tribune, which has seen the email, Orlando Ayala was aiming to block Linux’s progress in government. “Under NO circumstances lose against Linux,” he said, saying that in cases where the deal involved governments or large institutions there was a special fund available which could be used to offer large discounts, or even to give Microsoft software away.
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