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Microsoft buys Firefox!!!


Microsoft has finally decided to embrace open source and abandon IE 7! After deciding to purchase and distribute Firefox, now we can look forward to the eventual release of Microsoft Linux 2007. The shackles have finally been removed!!!

Ok... maybe not.  But if you check this parody Web site. It sure looks like it.

These guys did a great job emulating the look and feel of Microsoft's Web site. Enjoy it while it lasts. I'm sure they will be hearing from Redmond lawyers very soon.  

One interesting thing you'll note on the MSFirefox Web Site. If you try to download a copy of it, you'll actually download a copy of IE 7 from Microsoft. Tricky, huh?  

But what if it were true? What if Microsoft DID decide to abandon the IE and Windows kernel and embrace open source code? 

84 comments
ekennedy1
ekennedy1

There would be noway for M$ to buy Firefox cos they wouldn't be able to break it down in order to see how it works. They don't have the inteligence to.........so i guess ffox is deeef saafe. s o there!!

bk21485
bk21485

Microsoft advised downloading IE 7, from Microsoft home update page. Did exactly as instructed. IE 7 failed to work, and had to go to a restore point on sytem to get back up. IE 7 sucks. It don't work!

nimblebits
nimblebits

LOL THAT WAS A FUNNY VIDEO LOL - THE WEBSITE LOOKS REAL, I LIKE THE WAY THEYVE DONE IT. LOL. IE7 IS SLOWER THAN FIREFOX. LOL THE DOWNLOAD LINK IS REALLY IE7 LMAO

dawgit
dawgit

So now every time you get stuck in a drift you'll have M$ to blame. :D :^0 :D :^0 and yes, I enjoyed that. :p now I have to go take my meds. ;\

dzenizo
dzenizo

At least on the testing side of it! Even if the code is not available to the general public, they rely on the millions of paying (and non-paying (pirate?)) users as their test bed... This is one of the activities that makes open source great, users contributing to the development effort.

HoyaSaxa93
HoyaSaxa93

M$ *should* drop browser development... It is a no win situation for them. They don't make any money off of it, it is filled with security holes, it is not w3c standards compliant, the developer community spends days making solutions cross-browser compliant... the list goes on. Dear M$... Lead, Follow, or get out of the way!!!

405chknnugets
405chknnugets

For just a reproduction of a miccrosoft website they did it very well ... if someone who knew nothing about the micosoft market was on there they would very likely believe it .... they even have the "error 66: your browser is not compatible with this page donload msfirefox"

Antagonist
Antagonist

Check it out on that page too. These guys did a great job :) Kudos!

hzl_grace2308
hzl_grace2308

Hahaha... funny.. i thought at first its true..

aceofspades1217
aceofspades1217

This site has been erased. You get a welcome to cpanel message in the front page and a 404 not found in the other pages. It got M$'s attention!

granitech
granitech

For a 2nd I thought the only shining light of competition against that bloated Goliath in Redmond was going to be sucked up and disappear! DONT DO THAT! :)

dirtylaundry
dirtylaundry

my heart raced, I was incredulous, I kept reading transfixed, I was devastated.... and then i find out it's a parody. I really hate you this very moment.

gregry
gregry

Somebody(s) have WAY too much time on their hands. Or maybe it's a sort of online resume for a web developer. Good job though, either way.

sykandtyed
sykandtyed

the bathroom and threw away my other porno articles.

Our_George
Our_George

M$ have to go and stuff it up, by buying it. That brings about all the inevitable consequences usually associated with M$. This really should have been saved for April 1st. Phew! I'm glad you're not serious. George MCSE

tradergeorge
tradergeorge

I find it interesting that Techrepublic allows blog entries such as this the status of "headlines" on the front page of the newsletter. Lest you be inclined to flame me for having no sense of humor, I am the first person to enjoy a good parody, joke, MS rant, etc. and have generated quite a few myself. I just think that it should be identified as such and not subjected to the poor tabloid style tactic of sensationalizing the headline and then basically saying "never mind" in the story. I am sure that a story stating, "Bill Gates Dies" with a by-line of, "Well, not really...." would generate a lot of useless hits, just as this one did. I do not fault the writer. His motives are transparent. I fault Techrepublic for the way it is presented.

zczc2311
zczc2311

Perhaps looking at pure technology, Microsoft has squeezed just about everything they can out of VISTA and an O/S which basically dates back 20 + years. We all see the great Eye Kandy on the GUI screen and spend little time thinking about what is running the show. The O/S technically is not XP or VISTA - that's the front end or GUI we use. Behind it is a now performance limiting factors innate to the O/S. The Processor can still only DIRECTLY address the first 640k of RAM and the XMS memory manage which we still use us frantic moving code in and out of the small portion of RAM which the CPU directly has access to. The ability for the O/S to write files to the HDD in its current way is far too slow. Next time you have access to a UNIX or Linux box just see how quick files can be read or written and its fault tolerance - well there is none on a PC. (No regard to HDD type nor performance) M$ is limited to 4 GIG Max RAM (please correct me if I am wrong here) that the XMS memory manager can manage. The Max number of CPU's is 8 I believe, however despite what number it is it is too low for furure needs. The next decade O/S will need Multiple CPU and Terabytes of RAM and a huge larger chunk or directly addressable RAM by the CPU. Logically addressing multiple disks in 1 volume and logically using that volume to contain a logical volume needs to happen right now and RAID 4 and 5 need to happen perhaps in the workstation. We may one day see the end of the traditional File Server and we may well see the whole Network in each PC as one area of storage and 1 (CPU) resource available unit. You may also not be aware of Microsoft new deal with SUSE Linux http://www.novell.com/products/suselinux/ Whatever the future you can bet on a Winlux appearing one day.

mrmiata7
mrmiata7

Microsoft will buy Firefox and adopt an open source code philosophy when the Mexican government owned and controlled defacto Mexican government brothel in Mexico City Norde (D.C.) adopts openess,honesty, morality and works for the people. We know this will never happen so there is the answer.

btmartin
btmartin

Its stuck at 29 right now: could've been a "google" opportunity!

Sumjay
Sumjay

I liked the logo with the Firefox wrapping itself around the old Internet Exporer logo. Hmm, how would it look with IExplorer wrapping Firefox. Not so colorful eh! Bring out the hounds! Well, history has shown that anything is possible. Corporations with deep pockets can literally do what they want if some guy or gal with an influential voice within the corporation suggests a path which will (or may not - there are failures too!) increase the coffers of the corporation. This is music for the shareholders and why not! After all it is their money which is keeping people employed too after they get their cut.. Well, lets see in the coming days of MS's reaction to this spoof!

glenvdb
glenvdb

I think MS takeing on linux and open source it the best think that could happen! It would force the cheap and crappy distros out there to stop circulating (and trust me, there is WAY too many crappy versions of linux). It would force a quality standard and it would finally SHUT UP the zelots out there who have been beaking off for years that if Jesus needed an OS, it would be Linux. Free BSD is 100 times better than ANY linux distro, but DAY AFTER DAY here, No mater what the topic is, Some brain Dead Linux Zombie has to justify his existance by bashing MS. I PREY for the day when MS finally distroys linux just to stop seeing the constant BS and CRYING from the Linux Drones. P.S. I am not against linux, I am just sick of the brain washed Linux zelots who have to make EVERY discustion about Linux, and how Evil MS is.These people should put thier protective helmets back on before they go out into the public, and take thier pills.

pjs3805a
pjs3805a

I can say one thing for sure and that is IE7 surely looks like Firefox in Vista beta. Stranger things have happened.

w9geek
w9geek

There once was a database program that "Ran Like a Fox!" The name was FoxPro. That was back in the days when there was a choice. Microsoft wrapped him up in a heavy Visual coat and made him join their flock of sheep kept in a pen on the backlot. Nobody runs fast in Redmond.

linuxiac
linuxiac

Microsoft is already running Linux on the entire troup of 15,000 Akamai servers in front of Microsoft.com. Microsoft already runs 400 Linux machines, in their Redmond Campus Linux Lab! Microsoft boutght Hotmail.com in 1997, with 6,500 servers, running mixed BSD and Linux kernels. Since has grown to 15,000 Linux servers! MSN.com runs on thousands of Linux servers (?). My money is wagered that they do, when you see one linux server replace up to 12 MS servers, and two technicians on the payroll/health/pension plans!!! Linux runs upto 50X faster in all the 30 tests documented over the past 6 years, in shootouts by major labs, for magazines... Now, IE7 retains all the backdoors as required by the contracts with their "Trusted Partners' but, they have attempted to get some Firefox features included. Many fail, some flop, and the "114,000 Microsoft Virus Definitions" still run in IE7! YOUR FREEdom of Choice begins with http://pclinuxos.com or any of the 310 FREE LiveCDroms at http://livecdlist.com Notice the lack of journalistic enthusiasm over your FREEdoms??? Yean, no advertising money comes from FREE, STABLE, secure, safe, FAST, products! The FUD must flow!!! Meanwhile, Indiana is purported to have become the 39th State to adopt Linux in the schools, with the first 20,000 of 300,000 units at a purported savings of about $1200 per STUDENT!!! Maybe the savings could pay for some classroom supplies? Or, will the 19 layers of administration all get new desks?

metilley
metilley

Sheesh! Gave me quite a scare there. Don't do that so early in the morning.

yi_yao_1986
yi_yao_1986

The day when Microsoft sticks its nose in open source software may be a very scary one. It will be the day when the evil empire takes over freedom. I fear for open source projects from becoming heavy and clumsy to use and all APIs becoming beaurocratic and hard to use. Microsoft Linux, shrudder... Its like having the satan dating your mom... I nearly had a heart attack. Thank good this ain't true!

Antagonist
Antagonist

It was up as of 5 minutes ago. 11-20-2006 9:05 EST

Kiltie
Kiltie

at 5am GMT, great site, loving all I can absorb of it. However M$ are not known for their sense of humour. Be real sad if they did take it down. I, for instance, will never buy another Microsoft product again (unless they change). A comment: [b]Has nobody, at all, ever considered that screwing customers is bad for business?[/b] Sure sounds like a bad idea to me.

safesax2002
safesax2002

I just tried it and 9:52 CST and it works fine.

llstuber
llstuber

Don't do that! I was ready to give up on computers and IT and everything! Microsoft buying Firefox. Ba-a-a-a-ad!

zczc2311
zczc2311

Sincerely George - Thanks for the reality check - We all need one from from time time and the odd pill swallowed by stress junkies helps

JCitizen
JCitizen

keep----from ***laugHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAAHAAHAHHAHAHAH!!! Ok I'm better now! Sorry! I think glenvdb has unleashed something pent up, that I have suppressed for a long while. I am not OS specific; but, I too, get tired of whining from either camp.

TechExec2
TechExec2

If you want your post to be taken seriously, you will cite [u]specific[/u] sources for [u]all[/u] of those numbers. Personally, I think most of the figures you cite are completely made up and false. And, the rest are bending the truth way out of shape. BTW: Don't consider this a flame invitation. It's not. Just cite your sources, retract your post, or be disregarded.

tradergeorge
tradergeorge

No stress here.....I have the best job and the least pressure of anyone I know. I don't know about a "reality check". I just like to economize my browsing and having the comics hidden on the front page doesn't help. If my post constitutes a reality check to you, you probably need to get out more...Lord knows, I do....LOL (J/K)

apotheon
apotheon

The Akami and Hotmail historical notes are accurate, or (in the case of Akami) at least WERE accurate a couple years ago when last I checked. Microsoft doesn't run the Linux/BSD systems internally in the Akami case -- that's the name of a company that provides firewall and proxy services, and Akami uses Linux/BSD systems primarily (last I checked). Microsoft has been contracting with Akami for years. Hotmail, as noted, was basically all Linux/BSD systems when first bought out by MSN. Microsoft announced early on (late '90s) that it would be replacing all the Hotmail servers with Windows systems, but the going has been slow and, according to some (so far unsubstantiated, as far as I'm aware) reports, has even started to reverse because of performance and stability issues. Unfortunately, I don't have any sources for any of this stuff right off the top of my head, and I'm not positive of the current state of MSN and Microsoft web services -- things may have changed. I suspect that some of the information in that post from the PCLinuxOS user might be a bit exaggerated or quoted from half-baked sources, but it is at least based on a true story. In my experience, anyone that proselytizes PCLinuxOS will always sound like he's been drinking the kool-aid. They have a tendency to exaggerate and use too many exclamation points and capital letters, and I have yet to see an admitted PCLinuxOS user whose online communications are not fraught with spelling and grammar errors. The enthusiasm may be commendable, but there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. Anyhow, don't let this person's zealousness cause you to entirely disregard everything he says. It's at least mostly true.

Kiltie
Kiltie

You make a very good point George. Although it is quickly obvious that it is a skit, a very well presented skit, it wasn't ushered in so well. The mere addition of a couple of words at the beginning of the blog should have helped, such as [b]A parody[/b] [b]Cool site[/b] [b]For a laugh[/b] ....or whatever, make up your own, but would indicate to the reader the nature of it. There is a danger that the blog and website could be taken seriously, and to me, that danger should best be avoided.

TechExec2
TechExec2

. Looks like linuxiac was a seagull. I've waited long enough for his reply. He made a lot of wild claims that I mostly disregard. He is essentially saying that Microsoft runs major pieces of its infrastructure on Linux. I just don't believe that claim without substantiation. A "secret" like that would not last for long. There would be proof. Some former/disgruntled Microsoft employee would spill the beans. That claim is just plain false. I believe that Microsoft has Linux test machines. No surprise there. And, he is absolutely correct about Akamai. But, that is not Microsoft. And, he is absolutely correct about Hotmail back in the 1990s before Microsoft bought them. I seriously doubt they still do. Netcraft says Hotmail now runs on Windows Server 2003 and IIS (1). And, this is not conclusive proof, but this "page" shows that at least the edge servers appear to run IIS: http://www.hotmail.com/asdfasdf ----- That Microsoft is not running a lot of its infrastructure on Linux says nothing about Linux. It only says something about Microsoft. Linux is an outstanding cost-effective system that everyone should be running at least in part of their infrastructure. Anyway, thanks for your post. (1) Netcraft says Hotmail runs on Windows & IIS http://toolbar.netcraft.com/site_report?url=http://www.hotmail.com

Eddie N
Eddie N

In addition to the original reference (the Jim Jones People's Temple mass suicide at Jonestown, Guyana, where they were forced to drink FlavorAid spiked with cyanide), there is another one: Tom Wolfe wrote a book called "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test" (http://www.tomwolfe.com/KoolAid.html) in which he detailed all sorts of adventures in hallucinogenic drug use in the swingin' sixties. But like they say, if you can remember the 60s, you probably weren't there :)

croe
croe

I might be old or I might have a different frame of reference than some of the other posters here BUT my first thought when someone talks about 'the Kool-Aid' is electric Kool-Aid. There is a book - "The Electric Kool-Aid Experiment". The title refers to a series of concerts and happenings during the sixties. During these events different bands would play ("The Greatful Dead" among others) and there would be a community bowl of Kool-Aid for all comers. The Kool-Aid was spiked with LSD, so everyone could enjoy the show.

Kiltie
Kiltie

Love your ID btw, superb!!!! (wish I'd have thought of it) Rotflmao

ID10Tnolonger
ID10Tnolonger

Kool aid is also referred to in the case of those who may appear to have less than ADULT thought processes engaged in analysis of anything, as it is primarily CHILDREN who drink it. This is a great deal like the editor of your local paper thanking a subscriber for their thoughtful letter re:whatever, and then suggesting the writer use a different color crayon the next time he writes. (:P)

Kiltie
Kiltie

My sister, an American, regularly sends me Kool Aid Maybe I should be careful Chad? j/k

Kiltie
Kiltie

This is off topic, I apologise, but would someone explain the kool-aid references. Is it a cultural thing? To my memory, Kool Aid is a rather pleasant soft drink made from powder and water. However I have seen many references to it here in TR, that suggest it is some kind of mind enhancing drug!!! As far as I know, you can't buy it in the UK, I have only seen it in the States. Y'all got me real puzzled like here..... (I'm a yokel)

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