Another day, another smeary attempt to have people look away from this Web site. Who’s behind it? Not exactly an impartial party, but one that wishes to poison people’s minds.
We typically ignore such attacks, but this one is different because of the source of the smears. To be precise, a “Consultant (Techical Writer/SDET) at Microsoft,” according to his own description. Spreading unfounded attacks with accusations that are not even backed by evidence is nasty enough, never mind putting it up ‘for display’ (without permission!) and bemoaning replies to bait. For example, consider provocative questions such as this: “should vendors who sell Free software be banned from doing business with those who produce proprietary software?”
“It’s very important to keep track of where they come from (especially the affiliations at play).”Microsoft’s attacks against its critics needn’t necessarily be coordinated, but the issue is well documented [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7]. Maureen O’Gara, a known Microsoft shill that attacks GNU/Linux at Microsoft’s request [1, 2], is just one example of those who operate either independently or at the monopolist’s behest.
BoycottNovell recently came under similar attacks from Bill Beebe (several in August), who supported Maureen O’Gara’s malicious spying on PJ (of Groklaw). Rebuttal here.
If you spot shoot-the-messenger attacks on us, please be sure to inform. It’s very important to keep track of where they come from (especially the affiliations at play). █