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Microsoft has finally killed off it's old anti-Linux "Get the facts" website that had been spreading lies about Linux for years. However, don't think that anything has changed, the site is being replaced with another, more insidious site called "Windows Server Compare." Take a look.

It was a long time in coming. But Microsoft has finally acknowledged that its anti-Linux site had gone past the point of usefulness.

On August 23, Microsoft pulled plug on the “Get the Facts” site, replacing it with a new Windows Server “Compare” site.

ZDnet Blogs wrote:
Get the Facts had a long and controversial role in Microsoft’s battle against open-source software vendors. Recently, it came to light that Microsoft tried to influence some of the analysts it hired to perform studies in 2002 comparing Windows and Linux to portray Microsoft offerings in a more favorable light. Microsoft’s whole policy of sponsoring analysts to conduct studies comparing its products to open-source ones — which many company observers believed would naturally show Microsoft products and strategies to be superior — had been a bone of contention since the site launched at the start of this decade.

Why did Microsoft finally do away with “Get the Facts”? Not surprisingly, there are no talking points available on that one.Maybe its open-source partners (Novell, Linspire, Xandros, SugarCRM, XenSource, etc.) asked Microsoft to stop fanning the flames. Although there is a “Compare Windows to Linux” tab on the new Compare site, nearly all the material there is targeted specifically at Red Hat — one of the Linux distributors that is continuing to refuse to sign a patent-protection agreement with Microsoft.


But...
"Get the Facts" is not completely killed off! In the source code of the poorly coded table based design here...
We found this:
Code:
<td><img src="/library/toolbar/3.0/subbanner.aspx?text=R2V0IHRoZSBGYWN0cw%3d%3d&amp;fore=FFFFFF
&amp;b=757575&amp;s=A7A7A7&amp;r=False&amp;font=Segoe%2c+13pt
&amp;v=0&amp;c=ut%2fW98xKZdHigV7KzTx94Gdet2c%3d" width="467"
height="26" alt="Get the Facts" title="" border="0" /></td

An alt tag for a header image still reads "alt="Get the Facts""

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