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07.23.08

What Lies Inside…

Posted in GNOME, GNU/Linux, Google, ISO, Microsoft, Novell, Open XML, OpenDocument, Virtualisation, Xen at 8:44 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Because people are sometimes loyal to their former employer and former colleagues

A reader as suggested that we post a summary of previous posts presenting possible Microsoft ‘plants’ — employees put inside its rivals, that is.

It’s an old and classic tactic for battling competition, turning one from a competitor into a partner; at least having it surrender or distracted. Here is a quick and partial list:

XenSource (Citrix). The first example may be XenSource, which moved to Redmond and also accepted a General Manager from Microsoft into its ranks. It later let itself be acquired by Microsoft's Partner of the Year, Citrix.

VMWare. See our interpretation of the appointment of Maritz. It’s a series of posts.

Novell. Miguel and Nat went on the radar before. Then Ron Hovsepian turned up as “suspicious” after a disclosure.

Corel. See this recent summary.

Google. We touched on this in here, as well as in other places.

Nokia. Discussed here. Nokia has deals with Microsoft and it houses the former Microsoft employee who ‘killed’ Ogg in HTML5.

BBC. See this video and the accompanying links.

Vodafone. Covered here.

ISO. Here is just one among a set of incidents.

ODF. Discussed recently. Also see this.

Yahoo. Icahn is inside Yahoo now. Evidence exists to suggest that he was with Microsoft all along. It’s breach of the law, if true.

Apple. Similar to Novell.

As a side note, on the issue of threat watching inside Open Source, Fortify is now spreading FOSS FUD to boost its business, OpenLogic shouts about ‘mixed-source’ in its latest press release on the Microsoft-sponsored ‘Open’ Source ‘Census’ [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6] (with friends like these on top of GNOME [1, 2], who needs enemies?) and Black Duck, a proprietary software company headed by a former Microsoft employee, gives some FOSS code (none of which it produces) to Koders, which too is a case of a proprietary company exploiting FOSS as ‘raw data’.

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10 Comments

  1. self_liar said,

    July 23, 2008 at 12:42 pm

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    Connection foresight Novell????
    rpath Novell????

  2. Roy Schestowitz said,

    July 23, 2008 at 12:45 pm

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    We know about rPath and yes… also about the rPath-Foresight connection. It’s rather unfortunate given the company’s roots in Red Hat.

  3. Ian said,

    July 23, 2008 at 1:03 pm

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    Xensource(Citrix), not Xen. Xen is the open source project, not the company.

  4. Roy Schestowitz said,

    July 23, 2008 at 1:09 pm

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    Thanks for that. Yes, I was thinking about Xen.org rather than the whole. I’ll correct the text in any case.

  5. self_liar said,

    July 23, 2008 at 3:05 pm

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    Hey Roy

    Can be interesting create a article which explain Microsoft in developed COuntries.

    In poor coutries ,M$ is considered the heaven.Microsoft give a lot of (false) opportunities for people wihich live in poor coutries.
    So ,when any people don t like microsoft, that people dont like about our opinions.

    Why microsoft ,IBM and Others invests in poor countries?

    Because ,the poor countries are under construction, so it always better use M$ tecnology for create our Base .
    So , M$ is creating the new addicted society in poor countries.This generates e eternal dependency because we are constructing our base society with M$ tecnology.Someday it will impossible to change the society the poor countries because microsoft controls all tecnology.

  6. self_liar said,

    July 23, 2008 at 3:10 pm

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    Ah,

    Ah people which live in poor countries have poor education.Is a LOT MORE easy to ms control the people.

    People in such countries does not know about patents, novell, Monopoly.Sad ,but is true.

    A lot of people hates me.Because I don like M$

  7. Roy Schestowitz said,

    July 23, 2008 at 3:29 pm

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    Can be interesting create a article which explain Microsoft in developed Countries.

    I’ve made a note, thanks. I can rerun and highlight recent incidents like the sabotage of a Linux-based OLPC, the dumping in South African education (was Linux-bound), the memoranda of understanding in Africa and the Middle East, Gates endorsing ‘piracy’ in China as means of defeating Free software, the ‘slavery’ level working conditions in Microsoft India and its partners there, misuse of charities (e.g. for pressure), influence on ICT in India through strategic ‘charity’ and self-glorification using press that’s easy to buy/bribe/strongarm.

    There’s a lot of material that can be covered.

  8. self_liar said,

    July 23, 2008 at 3:36 pm

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    Thanks Roy!

  9. Needs Sunlight said,

    August 1, 2008 at 10:13 am

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    Juniper is gone, too:

    2008
    http://www.informationweek.com/news/windows/operatingsystems/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=209600497

    2007:
    http://www.informationweek.com/news/windows/operatingsystems/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=209600497

    2006:
    http://www.networkworld.com/news/2006/060506-juniper-microsoft-secure-iptv.html

    The IPTV is particularly problematic be

  10. Roy Schestowitz said,

    August 2, 2008 at 12:06 am

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    That’s unfortunate. it’s similar to the Vodafone situation, but it’s not an appointment that was deliberately arranged by Microsoft or that other parties. These are people who gave up.

    As for Maritz…

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