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04.11.07

Open Source Fights Back Against FUD and Lobbying Efforts

Posted in FUD, GPL, Microsoft, Novell, Open XML, OpenOffice, SCO, Standard at 10:04 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

This short summary of the latest events should hopefully show you that there is still a lot of ‘funny stuff’ going on.

The exchange of fists between Bruce Perens and a mouthpiece defending Microsoft and Novell continues.

“His employer is widely known as a Microsoft shill [ACT]; his goal is not to help but to spread fear, uncertainty and doubt about GPL3,” Perens concluded.

Microsoft lobbying campaign against open indutry standards continues as well.

Perhaps Microsoft is feeling insecure about its chances of having its own XML file format approved as an ISO standard, since lawmakers in Texas especially seem to be leaning toward ODF, writing that the file format must be “controlled by an open industry organization with a well-defined inclusive process for evolution of the standard.” Maybe what Yates and Matusow really meant is that open file formats are good (for Microsoft) only if they’re issued and controlled by Microsoft.

The anti-Groklaw crusaders know no boundaries either, so PJ strikes back in an item titled “SCO Moves for Summary Judgment on Slander of Title in Novell Case”.

So, Lyons and O’Gara both seem to stand before the court with an ethical cloud over their heads. And recently Lyons shows up again, in a SCO exhibit, again helpful to SCO’s litigation agenda, writing more baloney about me, but how valuable will that be under these circumstances? I’ve wondered if Forbes wouldn’t print the latest Lyons hate-PJ material now showing up on his blog, and that is why he was forced to join the blogosphere, ironically enough, but I wouldn’t wish to place the Forbes bar too high. I might get disappointed. But if they did refuse, I commend them for mitigating their damages. It was Lyons, after all, who first insinuated a Groklaw-IBM tie. And it was he who first mentioned the court filing with a different date stamp. He seems deeply, deeply involved, no matter how you look at it, from my perspective.

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