Microsoft's VS Free Software

Why does Microsoft deserve special casing among all companies producing proprietary software? Because Microsoft is the only company that actively and repeatedly tried for years to kill FreeSoftware and Linux.

This is a collection of a variety of strategies attempted by Microsoft against an extremely resilient competitor that couldn't be simply brought or driven out of business in the conventional ways.

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Targeting GNU/Linux

Targeting Linux distributors

Targeting hardware vendors

Internet market share

Targeting Apple

Targeting open standards

Targeting Android

Targeting specific Free Software projects

Targeting Free Software licenses and development model

Targeting Microsoft's own customers

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