02.26.08

Latest Novell Acquisition a Sign of Total Identity Loss

Posted in Dell, Microsoft, Minix, Novell at 3:48 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

The CEO of MuleSource has posted an interesting quick reaction to yesterday’s Novell acquisition. It’s an assessment with which we agree entirely. Just like the other recent acquisition, this latest one illustrates that Novell is simply not the open source company it purports to be.

At this point, what is Novell? It’s clearly not an open source company.

Neither of the recent Novell acquisitions:
-Have a large volume of customers
-Are open source
-Have complimentary architectures (I think they are both Java but not sure)

In some previous analysis from Matt (Asay) and Dave it was argued that Novell might as well just swallow the Mono/.NET universe and serve as a Microsoft subsidiary in that area. It already seems like it anyway. People tend to forget that Mono is Novell.

Mono is Novell

Microsoft Redefines “Cross-platform”: Mac + Win32

Posted in Apple, Deception, Microsoft, Mono, Novell, Vista, Windows at 12:57 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

‘”When you speak about interoperability do you mean across different platforms, like Windows and Unix, or among different versions of Windows, like XP and 2000.” He meant among different versions of Windows.’

Joe Wilcox

In Microsoft’s latest attack on LAMP, Adobe and Ajax, it wants to have these replaced by technology that excludes Google, GNU/Linux and many other rivals. Even the W3C is at risk.

Watch this new article and see if you spot an oddity.

Silverlight 1.0 for Windows and Mac shipped last September with the Silverlight 2.0 beta one expected “shortly” according to Guthrie.

[...]

Scott Guthrie, a general manager in Microsoft’s developer division, blogged ahead of Adobe’s AIR and Flex news that Silverlight 2 would feature a cross-platform version of its .NET Framework and let developers program Silverlight content using any .NET language.

Novell’s Moonlight is irrelevant here because it is not Silverlight. It’s a case of allowing Microsoft to pass on the illusion that GNU/Linux will have some crumbs (poor catch-up) that can still be considered ‘support’, provided that you pay Microsoft some patent tax,

Have a look at Silverlight’s framework. It’s just part of the Windows/Vista stack, which it is heavily based on.

Silverlight stack

Image from the public domain

Now, have a look at Mono:

The Mono stack

GPL-licensed graphics

Does Mono have Microsoft DRM? Does Mono have WPF? Feature parity at all? No? Well, that’s why becoming Microsoft wannabes and blindly adopting the company’s technology is a very bad idea. It only helps Microsoft. Novell in the case, with Mono and Moonlight, is serving Microsoft.

This is not the first time that Microsoft redefines terms to suit its own agenda. Examples include “interoperability” (taxoperability), “free software” (gratis), “open source” (look but don’t touch), “release candidate” (a semi-cooked Vista build, according to Microsoft Watch) and “cross platform” (running on XBox and different version of Windows).

One must not allow to Microsoft hijack crucial language like this. The company knows very well why it does that. It’s like brand name (or trademark) theft. Remember OpenOffice getting renamed OpenOffice.org because of Microsoft (never mind Lindows becoming Linspire)? Here is an E-mail that we received just hours ago (it’s directed at Microsoft):


And you guys think it is cool calling it Office Open and not confusing. Change it already if you respect other peoples property and rights. Don’t u have any dignity.

Yet every day you sending out hundreds of C&D when folks use a logo of MS, or any little thing which might infringe and usually not to protect your rights. http://lifehacker.com/360503/open-office-2007-documents-in-openoffice-with…


We mentioned this only days ago. ECMA (Microsoft) chose to completely ignore this issue, which makes people confuse OpenOffice.org (open source) with a proprietary format (OOXML).

Silverlight puke, barf

More New Fines for Microsoft to Pay

Posted in Antitrust, Europe, Intellectual Monopoly, Interoperability, Microsoft, Patents at 12:04 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

$2.2 Billion is a lot of money, even to Microsoft

Microsoft may already be standing on one foot because its earnings come from just a few divisions (while others are suffering major losses). Now comes another financial blow from the European Commission, which was unimpressed with last week's taxoperability program.

The fine may be announced as soon as Feb. 27, said the people, who declined to be identified because the decision isn’t public. Microsoft said in a Jan. 24 U.S. regulatory filing that the penalty may be as much as 1.5 billion euros ($2.2 billion).

$2.2 billion is actually a considerable amount of money. Microsoft and its apologists prefer to cite revenue made through Office in order to make such an amount appear insignificant, but one must not forget the many billions that are lost in other divisions of Microsoft.

If Microsoft’s acquisition of Yahoo was successful, the company would be in debt (at the expense of extra assets, most of which are intangible). If the rumours above are true (the Seattle P-I seems to suggest they are), then expect Microsoft to make a lot of noise in the media tomorrow. Expect them to use proxies: Zuck et al (ACT) and other lobbying arms typically confuse by posing the EU’s stance as “anti-American”, rather than address the issue of abuse and anti-competitiveness. Anti-Kroes smear campaigns are also typical.

“The government is not trying to destroy Microsoft, it’s simply seeking to compel Microsoft to obey the law. It’s quite revealing that Mr. Gates equates the two.”

Government official

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