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Links 21/02/2008: Lots on Open Source, Lots of Trouble at Redmond, WA

Posted in News Roundup at 10:12 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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  1. CoolGuy said,

    February 21, 2008 at 11:45 am



    steve got pwned by larry.

    seriously i think M$ is loosing out and steve has lost control over what he is doing. this is a guy who has zero technical knowledge, has never written a single line of code, cant make out any difference between a asp or php code…lol. i dont know if any m$ executive has advised steve over the technical hurdles of moving yahoo to m$ technology.

    rofl.i think no one will dare to go near the chair throwing ninja.

    entire blame of M$ doom will be on steve and bill has side stepped out of this mess really easy.

    by doing a hostile take over – this is really going to blow out of proportion. everyone is making fun of m$ so openly, they have become a joke of what m$ used to be a decade back.

    look at the action figures / toys stuff m$ is doing lately. everyone is laughing at them. they are trying so hard to be like google. haha.

    just cant stop laughing.

  2. CoolGuy said,

    February 21, 2008 at 11:49 am


    hum…letter is a fake larry. but still…M$ has become clown of the tech industy.

  3. BoomBoom said,

    February 21, 2008 at 1:28 pm


    Here’s the action figure M$ left out of the lineup, Superstupid Steve.
    Superstupid Steve comes with:

    - A BB for a brain in an empty head. Shake him and hear him rattle!
    - A pile of stolen patents for things someone else invented!
    - Extra sweat!
    - Awesome monkeydance action!
    - Developers developers developers developers!
    - Buggy software that doesn’t work!
    - Buggy patches for buggy software that *still* doesn’t work!
    - A fake sense of security! (along with thousands of exploits and weaknesses)
    - An EULA written by the Ghost of Stalin and the RIAA!
    - MONO! (Both the poisonware and the disease)
    - Office chair grenades!
    - FUD machinegun!
    - Arrogance out the wazoo!
    - Megalomaniac world domination plans!
    - And not a snowball’s chance in Hell of ever having a clue.


  4. Roy Schestowitz said,

    February 21, 2008 at 5:39 pm


    I’ve received an interesting messages about Microsoft’s attempt to steal Yahoo and the similarity this has to its OOXML push.

    This VNUnet article dovetails nicely with the recent piece on Groklaw[1]


    I wonder if a deep-cutting summary or analysis can be written to Slashdot without using the M-word.

    The plan seems to be to lobby and intrigue behind the scenes to replace the board with a more obedient set. Before that happens, Yahoo should re-license Zimbra as GPL. Also, how big a contributer is Yahoo to open source development in general and BSD in particular? That could be one of the main motivations for hostile take over.

    I also notice that the astroturfers have returned to slashdot in droves since about Monday or so and, probably related, there is article after article of advertising.

    [1] http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20071023002351958

    Also, about the last attempts to save the cash cow :

    Houston, we have a problem … … when trying to paint a nice face before the BRM …

    Google News Alert for: (OpenDocument OR ODF) AND (“Ecma 376″ OR OXML OR OOXML OR “office open xml” OR “open XML”)

    Microsoft pledges not to sue over open source
    CNet News.com Blog – USA
    The company does not natively support the alternative Open Document Format, or ODF, standard in Office 2007. Although it does not mention ODF specifically …
    See all stories on this topic

    MS to publish free APIs for Windows, Office
    Electronista – Santa Clara,CA,USA
    Office 2007 has been a particular subject of investigation and has been criticized for its switch to the Microsoft-made Office Open XML (OOXML) standard, …
    See all stories on this topic

    Microsoft Promises Interoperability
    Digitaltrends.com – Lake Oswego,OR,USA
    Microsoft also says it won’t sue open source developers who build or distribute non-commercial implementations of its protocols, although developers who …
    See all stories on this topic

    Microsoft is fighting. Don’t give it too much room for manipulation.

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