Robert Pogson

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M$ Caught Astroturfing


M$ Caught Astroturfing

“The multi-billion-dollar astroturf campaign for Vista 8 and Microsoft’s UEFI-encumbered hardware are both failing, but for new hardware with UEFI there are still issues”

via Vista 8 Endorsements Are Fake, Microsoft Decided to Break Rather Than Make | Techrights.

Don’t you just love it? M$ has so little confidence in the quality and success in the market of their product even with a monopoly on retail shelf-space in many places that it feels the need pay rich/popular people handsomely to promote “8″ whether or not those people even use the product…
Astroturfing refers to political, advertising or public relations campaigns that are designed to mask the sponsors of the message to give the appearance of coming from a disinterested, grassroots participant. Astroturfing is intended to give the statements the credibility of an independent entity by withholding information about the source’s financial connection. The term is a derivation of AstroTurf, a brand of synthetic carpeting designed to look like natural grass.”

I have run on real Astroturf. It’s not as good as the real thing. Too much bounce…

Meanwhile, I use Debian GNU/Linux. It’s the greatest OS on the planet and no one had to pay me to write this. I run it on many PCs in my home and even on my router. I ran it on hundreds of PCs in many schools over the last 15 years and found it reduced costs: maintenance, malware, performance and it will run on anything.

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