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OpenOffice.org Wins Courtesy of Microsoft

Posted in Free/Libre Software, Microsoft, Office Suites, OpenDocument, OpenOffice, Windows at 2:38 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Microsoft Office is poised for suffering and Microsoft too recently acknowledged its problem, labeling OpenOffice.org a “biggest competitor”. Watch it grabbing all the big awards in this year’s Sourceforge poll.

This must have left a mark on Microsoft.

Microsoft was the diamond sponsor for this year’s Sourceforge Community Choice Awards, culminating last night in a party at the Jupiter Hotel in Portland.

The big winner? Open Office. It swept the awards for top project, top enterprise project, and top project in education.

Indeed — no matter how ironic — this was sponsored by Microsoft. For those wondering about the incitation of panic among the awards, start here.

“Microsoft does not care about open source software.”In other interesting news, there’s a hot new discussion at the moment which began with this ComputerWorld article from Mr. Weiss. It’s about the harms which so-called “piracy” (typically meaning an attack on ships, as opposed to unauthorised copying) causes projects like OpenOffice.org.

Microsoft does not care about open source software. Watch how Microsoft mistreats its own ‘shared/open source’ poster children, which make use of .NET. It’s actually is ‘neighbour press’ that reports on this problem.

…that, Walker thinks, is a shame. DotNetNuke has benefited hugely from the attention lavished on it by the DevDiv, but Walker believes there are scores of worthy, .NET-based projects that are just not getting the support they need.

“We’re hoping that over time that attitude will change and they will provide more support for native open source application vendors,” Walker told me.

Walker isn’t alone in this sentiment. Back in April, Coding Horror blogger Jeff Atwood spoke at length about his frustrations with how Microsoft treats open source developers. He went so far as to say that “open source projects are treated as second-class citizens in the Microsoft ecosystem.”

The company only rewards programs that exploit their users. What does that say about the company?

“He [Bill Gates] is divisive. He is manipulative. He is a user. He has taken much from me and the industry.”

Gary Kildall

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  1. Linux said,

    July 26, 2008 at 3:01 am


    MS adopts GPL for its OSP ! They are doing this just to pacify people and stop the bleeding…they are struggling to just be alive long enf before linux slaughters them out of the market.


    This is changing the game a lot.

    - They are loosing a lot of market share
    - They are loosing a lot of developers
    - They are loosing a lot of money and trust

    MS has become just another vendor…

  2. Linux said,

    July 26, 2008 at 3:17 am


    Once you take money from MS you become their slave forever. The dark side….

  3. Linux said,

    July 26, 2008 at 3:25 am


    I can clearly see whats the next strategy for MS…they tried almost everything to stop Linux…now its time for the fox to enter the house disguised as a sheep.

    It seems that their main threat is Linux. They want to hijack everything off the Linux stack and put it on Windows. Once they achieve that they are again going back to their old behavior…

    Nothing has changed….this is just a bait.

    BEWARE !!

  4. Roy Schestowitz said,

    July 26, 2008 at 4:10 am


    Yes, that’s the Apache thing. I was going to write about it moments ago (stay tuned). Microsoft’s threat is GNU/Linux.

    CNET: “A couple of years ago you reiterated that IBM was Microsoft’s biggest competitor and you said not just on the business side, but overall. If I ask you who is Microsoft’s biggest competitor now, who would it be?”

    Ballmer: “Open…Linux. I don’t want to say open source. Linux, certainly have to go with that.”

    Full interview (from February) at:

  5. Linux said,

    July 26, 2008 at 4:12 am


    Microsoft is now buying out the FOSS developers with money and presents – their intension’s are still evil. They want to break the FOSS movement by anyway possible.

    beware !!

    Novell developers sold out. Apache sold out. Who is next… ?

  6. Linux said,

    July 26, 2008 at 4:21 am



  7. Roy Schestowitz said,

    July 26, 2008 at 4:22 am


    Yes, that’s one that I was going to cite. I’m writing about this at the moment.

  8. Linux said,

    July 26, 2008 at 4:35 am


    Jim Jagielski, Chairman of the ASF, had this to say about the sponsorship:

    …Microsoft’s sponsorship makes it clear that Microsoft ‘gets it’ regarding the


    So after receiving the $$ Microsoft suddenly starts to ‘get it’… LOL

  9. Roy Schestowitz said,

    July 26, 2008 at 4:40 am


    It is more appalling given what Microsoft has done to Apache in the recent past. Maybe part of the deal (payment) was an obligation to make such deceptive statements.

    Zend does this too (glorifying statements and deal with Microsoft, for Windows-specific optimisations). PHP is part of the LAMP stack. Sun already has the M (MySQL). Microsoft wants the A and the P.

  10. Linux said,

    July 26, 2008 at 4:41 am


    Microsoft does not want to improve their products or make them cheaper. They just want to shut down the competitor so they don’t have to compete with anyone. They can keep selling their crappy and buggy software…

  11. Roy Schestowitz said,

    July 26, 2008 at 4:43 am


    Well, that’s what they have always done. There are many examples. Netscape and DR-DOS for starters…

  12. Lol said,

    July 26, 2008 at 8:44 am


    Who is more evil : Gates or Ballmer ?


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