Bogus Windows NT CD-ROMs Recalled

Fake News written by James Baughn on Friday, July 31, 1998

from the linux-beats-nt-again dept.

REDMOND, WA -- Microsoft has issued a recall of over 500,000 Windows NT 4.0 CD-ROMs shipped three weeks ago. "The CDs were altered by a disgruntled Microsoft employee. Right before the CDs were burned, the employee replaced Windows NT with Linux," a spokesman said, adding under his breath, "...that annoying OS made by that Finnish guy who doesn't understand Capitalism."

Apparently the 'disgruntled' employee hacked Linux to fool most users into thinking they were actually using Windows NT. The install program was made to look identical to NT's, including code to make it crash a couple times. The system was designed to automatically boot into X Windows running a modified fvwm95 window manager.

One Microsoft tech support worker said, "Two days ago I received this weird call from a manager who had just installed Windows NT on his computer. He said, 'I think something is wrong here with my computer. I've had it running for over a week, and it hasn't crashed once. Aren't computers supposed to crash regularly?' I knew something was fishy -- NT can't possibly be that stable. Upon further inspection, it was obvious that this wasn't the real thing."

The 'disgruntled' employee was given the pink slip yesterday. Rumor has it he was offered a job at Red Hat. If you have one of the hacked CDs, you can receive a replacement by calling (900) PAY-BILL.

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