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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fud  \Fud\,  n.  [Of  uncertain  origin.] 
  1.  The  tail  of  a  hare,  coney,  etc  [Prov.  Eng.  &  Scot.] 
  --Burns. 
 
  2.  Woolen  waste,  for  mixing  with  mungo  and  shoddy. 
 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
 
  FUD  /fuhd/  n.  Defined  by  Gene  Amdahl  after  he  left  IBM  to 
  found  his  own  company:  "FUD  is  the  fear,  uncertainty,  and  doubt  that  IBM 
  sales  people  instill  in  the  minds  of  potential  customers  who  might  be 
  considering  [Amdahl]  products."  The  idea,  of  course,  was  to  persuade 
  them  to  go  with  safe  IBM  gear  rather  than  with  competitors'  equipment. 
  This  implicit  coercion  was  traditionally  accomplished  by  promising 
  that  Good  Things  would  happen  to  people  who  stuck  with  IBM,  but  Dark 
  Shadows  loomed  over  the  future  of  competitors'  equipment  or  software. 
  See  {IBM}.  After  1990  the  term  FUD  was  associated  increasingly  frequently 
  with  {Microsoft},  and  has  become  generalized  to  refer  to  any  kind  of 
  disinformation  used  as  a  competitive  weapon. 
 
 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  FUD 
 
    /fuhd/  An  acronym  invented  by  {Gene  Amdahl} 
  after  he  left  {IBM}  to  found  his  own  company:  "FUD  is  the 
  fear,  uncertainty,  and  doubt  that  {IBM}  sales  people  instill 
  in  the  minds  of  potential  customers  who  might  be  considering 
  [Amdahl]  products."  The  idea,  of  course,  was  to  persuade  them 
  to  go  with  safe  IBM  gear  rather  than  with  competitors' 
  equipment.  This  implicit  coercion  was  traditionally 
  accomplished  by  promising  that  Good  Things  would  happen  to 
  people  who  stuck  with  IBM,  but  Dark  Shadows  loomed  over  the 
  future  of  competitors'  equipment  or  software. 
 
  [{Jargon  File}] 
 
  (1995-05-23) 
 
 
 
  From  V.E.R.A.  --  Virtual  Entity  of  Relevant  Acronyms  13  March  2001  [vera]: 
 
  FUD 
  Fear,  Uncertainty,  &  Doubt  (slang,  IBM) 
 
 




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