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*Halloween I: Open Source Software (New?) Development Methodology

*Halloween II: Linux OS Competitive Analysis: The Next Java VM?

*Halloween III: Microsoft's reaction on the "Halloween Memorandum" (sic)

*Halloween IV: When Software Things Were Rotten: Vinod Vallopillil's boss calls us "Robin Hood and his merry band." We return the compliment.

*Halloween V: The FUD Begins!: The Sheriff of Nottingham rides again. In this exciting episode, the things he doesn't say are more interesting than the things he does.

*Halloween VI: The Fatal Anniversary: First Mindcraft, now the Gartner Group; Microsoft leaves a trail of shattered credibility behind it.

*Halloween VII: Survey Says!: Microsoft's own marketing research tells it that the FUD is backfiring.

*Halloween VIII: Doing the Damage-Control Dance: Microsoft tries to develop an emergency-response team to cope with Linux conversion announcements.

*Halloween IX: It Ain't Necessarily SCO: A point-by-point rebuttal of the amended complaint filed against IBM on 16 June 2003 by Microsoft's new favorite sock puppet.

*Halloween X: Follow The Money: In which we learn the extent of SCO's sock-puppet relationship to its masters in Redmond.

*Halloween XI: Get The FUD: in which we consider the implications of Microsoft's laughably misnamed Get The Facts roadshow.

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The Halloween Documents

Introduction

Where will Microsoft try to drag you today?
Do you really want to go there?

In the last week of October 1998, a confidential Microsoft memorandum on Redmond's strategy against Linux and Open Source software was leaked to me by a source who shall remain nameless. I annotated this memorandum with explanation and commentary over Halloween Weekend and released it to the national press. Microsoft was forced to acknowledge its authenticity. The press rightly treated it as a major story and covered it (with varying degrees of cluefulness).

The now-infamous "Halloween Document" contained references to a second memorandum specifically on Linux. Within days, copies of the second memo had been forwarded to me from two separate sources. I renamed the first annotated version "Halloween I" and set about annotating the second. While not as dramatic or sinister in its implications as its predecessor, Halloween II includes a lot of material at variance with Microsoft's public party line on Linux.

This page originally continued with an anti-Microsoft jeremiad. On reflection, however, I think I'd prefer to finish by thanking the principal authors, Vinod Valloppillil and Josh Cohen, for authoring such remarkable and effective testimonials to the excellence of Linux and open-source software in general. I suspect that historians may someday regard the Halloween memoranda as your finest hour, and the Internet community certainly owes you a vote of thanks.

Eric Raymond


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