05.17.08

Gemini version available ♊︎

The Beast of Redmond Intervenes with Yet Another Open Source Summit

Posted in Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux, GPL, Microsoft, Open XML at 6:31 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Hardly a single Linux or open source event can escape Microsoft ‘sponsorship’

It has become a classic and recurrent routine which continues to be seen once every few weeks. Microsoft offers some organisers money in exchange for the right to attend and speak out its mind in open source events, even Linux events thanks to Novell’s implicit invitation [1, 2, 3, 4, 5].

Then, Microsoft markets itself and influences the events, in essence trying to force mutual love upon others, under its own rules of pseudo-open-source. Right now Microsoft is doing this in the Philippines.

Microsoft Philippines will sponsor an open source summit in Cebu next month and this early, the software giant is bracing itself for lively discussions about openXML and the fact that the company will make its presence felt at the summit.

Let’s see. Microsoft brings its proprietary OOXML, which is deliberately a case against Free software, and then pretends that it’s part of the “open source” family. Yes, they try to become part of it and then just flush away all the things in Open Source which they don’t like, such as the GPL. Here is a quick refresher, just from the past month alone:

It’s rather sad and ironic. Whilst bribing, bullying and viciously fighting the GPL Microsoft is still trying to move FOSS projects over to the Windows stack, making them dependent on Microsoft’s proprietary technologies. It’s a path to servitude, disguised as goodwill.

“When will journalists finally wake up and find all that Microsoft is hiding under its blanket?”At the moment, even some of the more pathological liars from the OOXML fiasco get the guts to claim openness in another self-serving new article from Disinformation Week, which seems like an attempt to sell us the idea that Microsoft is all about open source and open standards.

It’s utterly appalling how Microsoft uses the its press to ‘massage’ people’s perception while hiding behind the counter whenever those colleagues are rigging votes, bullying people, bribing people and lying to them so shamelessly. When will journalists finally wake up and find all that Microsoft is hiding under its blanket? The evidence is here to see, but the press totally ignores it. Is it shy? Afraid?

“It’s a Simple Matter of [Microsoft’s] Commercial Interests!”

–Microsoft’s Doug Mahugh about OOXML in the fast track

Share in other sites/networks: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Reddit
  • email

Decor ᶃ Gemini Space

Below is a Web proxy. We recommend getting a Gemini client/browser.

Black/white/grey bullet button This post is also available in Gemini over at this address (requires a Gemini client/browser to open).

Decor ✐ Cross-references

Black/white/grey bullet button Pages that cross-reference this one, if any exist, are listed below or will be listed below over time.

Decor ▢ Respond and Discuss

Black/white/grey bullet button If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

8 Comments

  1. what said,

    May 17, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    Gravatar

    “Interviews with Sam Ramji and Tom Robertson reveal Microsoft is strong on building open source business models and community as well as interoperability and industry standards. ”

    This is a good summary of the thing. I almost vomit reading it.

  2. Bogdan said,

    May 19, 2008 at 2:26 am

    Gravatar

    Eliberatica FOSS Conference in Romania, Eastern Europe:

    GOLD Sponsors:
    Microsoft
    Microsoft Romania

    http://www.eliberatica.ro/2008/eliberatica-partners-and-sponsors

    For Romanian readers:
    http://itboard.ro/blogs/zolis_tool/archive/2007/05/18/eliberatica-prima-zi.aspx

    How can someone spit out such bull???t and then be accepted as a partner?

  3. Roy Schestowitz said,

    May 19, 2008 at 4:01 am

    Gravatar

    They want to keep the enemies closer to spread havoc (or at least intervene with the natural direction, a la Yahoo! board at the moment). They do the least necessary to get a ‘ticket’ into such conferences. Novell’s deal gave them many such tickets.

    Thanks a million for the headsup, Bogdan. I’ll post something about it.

  4. Bogdan said,

    May 19, 2008 at 8:42 am

    Gravatar

    I paid for the ticket to Eliberatica/2007 and /2008, and I would do so again. But I feel like this just like selling ourselves (our image) for the money.
    Last year, 2007, M$ had send 3 people to Eliberatica (just as audience, not as speakers). One of them kept reporting on his blog the happenings at the conference using similar logic with the one applied to standardizing OOXML.

    I heard of people getting paid for being mocked off, but are we that kind of people? Do we need to let others make a mockery out of ourselves just for getting a few pennies?

    I believe the FOSS community is far from starving and therefor we can allow ourselves to make smaller events, without using dirty money.

    Mail send to Eliberatica.ro/2008 organizers (rosi.ro):

    >

  5. Roy Schestowitz said,

    May 19, 2008 at 8:52 am

    Gravatar

    From what I could gather, based on the recent OSA story, Microsoft can be pushy and persistent. One method that I sometimes see used is label-sticking, wherein you call the developers/organiser intolerant at best or “Microsoft hater” at worst. It’s all just a way of permitting Microsoft to enter.

    Presence is at Microsoft needs to earn some form of pseudo validation, which worries me because in previous events (one which I can recall in India for example) they brainwash the developers to have them believe in non-free software as a business model and even in software patents. They also try to steer them away from the GPL, GPLv3 in particular. They try to become part of the agenda and sometimes invite people at the event to join Microsoft (yes, that too has happened, for employment and/or technical collaboration that favours Windows).

  6. Ball_Mer said,

    May 19, 2008 at 10:02 am

    Gravatar

    When ever MS has tried to hurt GPL/FSF it has always come out stronger in the end.

    MS is fighting change with all their money.

    LOLLLOL.

  7. Ball_Mer said,

    May 19, 2008 at 10:05 am

    Gravatar

    In 3DS Max and UGS NX tests from SPECViewPerf, the Windows driver had a small performance lead over the Linux driver. However, in the CATIA, Maya, and Pro/Engineer tests, the Linux driver wound up on top. Furthermore, in EnSight and SolidWorks the Linux driver had worked well while the Windows driver had failed to complete both tests.

    LOLOLOLLLL

    Are we seeing a total disaster for next version of Winblows even before it has any chance of coming out in next 5 years.

  8. Roy Schestowitz said,

    May 19, 2008 at 10:19 am

    Gravatar

    Well, maybe it almost finished. Almost. Maybe it became part of a botnet some time along the way.

DecorWhat Else is New


  1. IRC Proceedings: Saturday, February 04, 2023

    IRC logs for Saturday, February 04, 2023



  2. Links 04/02/2023: FOSDEM Happening and Ken Thompson in SoCal Linux Expo

    Links for the day



  3. 2023 is the Year Taxpayers' Money Goes to War and Energy Subsidies, Not Tech

    Now that a lot of powerful and omnipresent ‘tech’ (spying and policing) companies are rotting away we have golden opportunities to bring about positive change and maybe even recruit technical people for good causes



  4. Getting Back to Productive Computer Systems Would Benefit Public Health and Not Just Boost Productivity

    “Smartphoneshame” (shaming an unhealthy culture of obsession with “apps”) would potentially bring about a better, more sociable society with fewer mental health crises and higher productivity levels



  5. Links 04/02/2023: This Week in KDE and Many More Tech Layoffs

    Links for the day



  6. Dotcom Boom and Bust, Round 2

    The age of technology giants/monopolies devouring everything or military-funded (i.e. taxpayers-subsidised) surveillance/censorship tentacles, in effect privatised eyes of the state, may be ending; the United States can barely sustain that anymore and raising the debt ceiling won't solve that (buying time isn't the solution)



  7. Society Would Benefit From a Smartphoneshame Movement

    In a society plagued by blackmail, surveillance and frivolous lawsuits it is important to reconsider the notion of “smart” phone ownership; these devices give potentially authoritarian companies and governments far too much power over people (in the EU they want to introduce new legislation that would, in effect, ban Free software if it enables true privacy)



  8. IRC Proceedings: Friday, February 03, 2023

    IRC logs for Friday, February 03, 2023



  9. IRC Proceedings: Thursday, February 02, 2023

    IRC logs for Thursday, February 02, 2023



  10. Links 03/02/2023: Proton 7.0-6 Released, ScummVM 2.7 Testing

    Links for the day



  11. Links 03/02/2023: OpenSSH 9.2 and OBS Studio 29.0.1

    Links for the day



  12. Links 03/02/2023: GNU C Library 2.37

    Links for the day



  13. Sirius Finished

    Yesterday I was sent a letter approving my resignation from Sirius ‘Open Source’, two months after I had already announced that I was resigning with immediate effect; they sent an identical letter to my wife (this time, unlike before, they remembered to also change the names!!)



  14. The Collapse of Sirius in a Nutshell: How to Identify the Symptoms and Decide When to Leave

    Sirius is finished, but it's important to share the lessons learned with other people; there might be other "pretenders" out there and they need to be abandoned



  15. Links 03/02/2023: WINE 8.1 and RapidDisk 9.0.0

    Links for the day



  16. Links 02/02/2023: KDE Gear 22.12.2 and LibreOffice 7.5

    Links for the day



  17. Linux News or Marketing Platform?

    Ads everywhere: Phoronix puts them at the top, bottom, navigation bar, left, and right just to read some Microsoft junk (puff pieces about something that nobody other than Microsoft even uses); in addition there are pop-ups asking for consent to send visitors’ data to hundreds of data brokers



  18. Daily Links at Techrights Turn 15, Time to Give Them an Upgrade

    This year we have several 15-year anniversaries; one of them is Daily Links (it turned 15 earlier this week) and we've been working to improve these batches of links, making them a lot more extensive and somewhat better structured/clustered



  19. Back to Focusing on Unified Patent Court (UPC) Crimes and Illegal Patent Agenda, Including the EPO's

    The EPO's (European Patent Office, Europe's second-largest institution) violations of constitutions, laws and so on merit more coverage, seeing that what's left of the "media" not only fails to cover scandalous things but is actively cheering for criminals (in exchange for money)



  20. European Patent Office Staff Votes in Favour of Freedom of Association (97% of Voters in Support)

    The Central Staff Committee (CSC) at the EPO makes a strong case for António Campinos to stop breaking and law and actually start obeying court orders (he’s no better than Benoît Battistelli and he uses worse language already)



  21. Links 02/02/2023: Glibc 2.37 and Go 1.20

    Links for the day



  22. IRC Proceedings: Wednesday, February 01, 2023

    IRC logs for Wednesday, February 01, 2023



  23. Links 01/02/2023: Security Problems, Unrest, and More

    Links for the day



  24. Links 01/02/2023: Stables Kernels and Upcoming COSMIC From System76

    Links for the day



  25. IRC Proceedings: Tuesday, January 31, 2023

    IRC logs for Tuesday, January 31, 2023



  26. Links 31/01/2023: Catchup Again, Wayland in Xfce 4.20

    Links for the day



  27. Links 31/01/2023: elementary OS 7

    Links for the day



  28. Intimidation Against Nitrux Development Team Upsets the Community and Makes the Media Less Trustworthy

    Nitrux is being criticised for being “very unappealing”; but a look behind the scenes reveals an angry reviewer (habitual mouthpiece of the Linux Foundation and Linux foes) trying to intimidate Nitrux developers, who are unpaid volunteers rather than “corporate” developers



  29. Links 31/01/2023: GNOME 44 Wallpapers and Alpha

    Links for the day



  30. Free and Open Source Software Developers' European Meeting (FOSDEM) and KU Leuven Boosting Americans and Cancellers of the Father of Free Software

    The Free Software Foundation (FSF) and its founder, Richard M. Stallman (RMS), along with the SFLC one might add, have been under a siege by the trademark-abusing FSFE and SFC; Belgium helps legitimise the ‘fakes’


RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channel: Come and chat with us in real time

Recent Posts