Everyone’s favourite technology company Microsoft are making a big attempt to break Google’s monopoly on searching the web. Odd for Microsoft to be fighting against a monopoly you might think, but they’re desperate to claw back some market share. They were slow off the mark where the Internet is concerned and they’ve never really caught up. Their new search engine is called Bing, nothing to do with Bing Crosby I don’t think. Apparently it stands for “Bing Is Not Google”. I wonder if they took the recursive acronym idea from GNU, I hope they didn’t violate the GPL if they did 🙂
Anyway, my reason for rambling on about this is as an excuse to show you an image I found hilarious. It’s a comparison of searching the term Linux on Google and Bing. The suggestions are a little different. I mean “linux vista” come on? You could try and hide it a little better than that. Nobody is going to trust a search engine with a hidden agenda… but then who’s to say Google don’t have a hidden agenda either I suppose. Got my tin foil conspiracy hat at the ready. I’m not crazy about Google’s monopoly on the web and we’ve talked about it on Linux Outlaws a few times, but they do help Open Source projects and there’s no way I’d prefer Microsoft, sorry Bill.
This image is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 license. I got it from Andrew Mason’s Flickr page and I was originally tipped off about it by my friend Edythemighty in the Linux Outlaws IRC channel.