Microsoft's training materials teach Best Buy employees how to trash Linux

Look, nobody’s saying Linux is perfect for every consumer (or even most), but Microsoft’s “training material” for Best Buy employees casts the open source operating system in a bit of a bad light — and isn’t exactly accurate. A few of the humorous tidbits in the Linux comparison guide include mentioning World of Warcraft as incompatible with Linux (despite great support for it under WINE), calling Linux’s safety reputation a “myth,” and describing Linux updates and upgrades as difficult and time consuming. The availability of Windows Live Essentials as a “free download” is also quite laughable — Linux has endless free alternatives to Microsoft’s Live Essentials, and many of them are better than what Microsoft offers. Not to say there hasn’t been the odd consumer that was burned by purchasing a Linux-running netbook, but we’d say there are enough tangible benefits to Windows for Microsoft to avoid misinformation when talking down the open source competition.


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