Microsoft has always felt the threat to Windows from Linux. And that's why they were always eager to strike deals with biggies like Novell, Xandros, and the like.
I would like to share a funny incident regarding this matter. Last year, in Jan 2007 (2 days before the launch of Vista), I happened to visit the annual LinuxAsia
meet held in New Delhi with 2 other former Team Granular members. I must say, I has huge expectations from this event as I thought it would help me get Granular to new heights. But when all the events began, I started to realize how an extremely publicized event could go carp!!! After the first guest lecture, my other 2 friends literally could not bear it and slept through the rest of the proceedings. Luckily, I was still awake and hearing to the boring speeches. The only interesting speech was from Klaus Knopper
(the creator of Knoppix), which was, of course, the first speech.
After a round of boring speeches, we got a chance to get outside the auditorium and have a look at the various stalls outside. Most of the expected companies had put up their stalls, like Google
, Turbo Linux
, etc. And then, there was Microsoft
! They were there to demonstrate their all new Vista
to Linux geeks??? And believe me, they had the biggest stall there with the biggest crowd around them. What more? They were even selling Windows Server 2003 on the name of interoperability with SuSE!!!
Well, on seeing all this, I was more than shocked and decided to discuss these things and some things about Granular with a senior official or a guest lecturer there. On discussing, the matter, the official's answer was again too surprising. Although he told us that LinuxAsia conference that year was not up to the mark, these kind of promotions by big proprietors is normal. On asking about the future of Granular, he told that unless Team Granular works to raise Granular to corporate standards and "sells" it, it has no future....
After this conversation, we left the conference in between and moved to our motel. So, how was that?