hoax!? Re: Linux wins Prix Ars due to MICROSOFT INTERVENTION

Subject: hoax!? Re: Linux wins Prix Ars due to MICROSOFT INTERVENTION
From: Hannah Bosma (hannah@hum.uva.nl)
Date: Mon Sep 06 1999 - 15:13:05 EDT

The message about Linux -Ars Electronica etc. is perhaps a hoax. See:

http://linuxtoday.com/story.php3?sn=9604 (copied below).

        -- Hannah


Hoax -- .net Jury Claims Microsoft/Siemens in Secret Joint Venture to
Create Linux Distribution
Sep 6, 1999, 14:02 UTC (25 Talkbacks) (Other stories by Dave Whitinger)
By Dave Whitinger, Linux Today

Update: Heise has exposed this as a hoax.

A press release, allegedly from the .net jury which earlier this year
awarded the prestigious Prix Ars Electronica to Linus Torvalds, claims
discovery of secret strategy by corporate giants to control the open-source

"Their joint venture startup will most probably become one of the leading
Linux distributors, directly attacking Red Hat and SUSE," claims the press

In a press statement allegedly from members of the .net jury of this year's
Prix Ars Electronica forwarded to Linux Today, we read that next year's Ars
Electronica Festival will be entitled "Open Source". This has been
unofficially agreed upon by the direction of Ars Electronica and its
sponsors (Siemens, Microsoft, Oracle, and Hewlett-Packard, among others.

The interesting part of the press release discusses a strategy whereby
Microsoft, Siemens, Oracle, and HP are working on a Linux distribution
joint venture.

Quoted from the press release:

Because we have also just learned that the above-mentioned IT-companies are
involved in a linux distribution joint venture and a strategic alliance.
Their joint venture startup will most probably become one of the leading
linux distributors, directly attacking Red Hat and SUSE.
This is the classic oligopolistic strategy. They cannot buy linux,
nevertheless, they will take control over the distibution of the competitor.


But the information about the secret linux distribution joint venture
between Microsoft and Siemens in combination with next years topic made us

Our conclusion: the industry has strongly lobbied and put pressure on at
least one jury member to award "linux". We now have to interpret this in
persepective of next years ars topic. They pushed the topic. The idea is to
use the art and science community to soft launch their linux activities and
control open source strategies. They do understand that open source has
evolved into a stronger development strategy and they have to jump that
train early enough, in order to avoid another "internet" desaster.

So as artists writers and scientists we are used as lab-rats and cheap
alternative researchers. This is NOT what artists need and it is certainly
not what Ars Electronica should be aiming at.

You may view the original E-Mail that contains this press release. We have
tried unsuccessfully to telephone the contacts mentioned, but will continue
to attempt contact until we are able to reach someone with additional

Expect a followup story when more information becomes available.

Related Story:
Linux Torvalds Wins Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica (May 29, 1999)

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