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12.31.08

Could Microsoft Use Novell for Infighting, Forking, and Distraction?

Posted in Fork, Microsoft, Novell, Office Suites, OpenOffice, SUN at 8:38 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Keeping developers helpless and divided

SEVERAL Web sites accentuate issues of disagreement which are related to OpenOffice.org. Here is just one new example. They are using old news [1, 2, 3] and sometimes promote Novell’s fork the software [1, 2, 3, 4].

“It’s the same with GNOME and KDE; mutual damage helps nobody but the outsider, in this case Microsoft.”Infighting that’s led by Microsoft is an issue that we covered before, using examples. Those who look at Microsoft's "TE" material will find that causing ‘civil wars’ is one of their key strategies (finding sources of friction, then stirring things up), so by funding Novell and enabling/having them fork and insult OpenOffice.org they distract their competitors, who will fight among themselves rather than against Microsoft Office. It’s the same with GNOME and KDE; mutual damage helps nobody but the outsider, in this case Microsoft.

So where is it all coming from? Well, it mostly comes from Novell and it successfully penetrates and deceives some reporters, who fail to see the full picture:

And about this “we, the media” thing you brought up: Meeks has a conflict of interest that you don’t do a particularly good job of pointing out. If he works for Novell and Novell is in bed with MSFT, why should we simply take him at his word without questioning whether he has any vested interest one way or the other as to the corporate “sponsor(s)” of OpenOffice? Does this relationship have anything to do at all with Sun’s “difficulty”? As a managing editor of a news outlet, this is something I’d take my team to task for failing point out in reporting. By “we, the media” you’d better mean you and the mouse in your hand.

It would be interesting if Novell tried to seize control of other Free software in the future. CUPS, for example, belongs to Apple now, but that’s a wholly separate story.

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53 Comments

  1. Ian said,

    December 31, 2008 at 8:45 am

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    Wasn’t it determined that you can’t both patch upstream and fork at the same time?

  2. Chris said,

    December 31, 2008 at 2:32 pm

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    Oh boy, repeating your mad babblings over and over wont make it any truer but will simply make you look even more dumb.

    So, just for the record, let me state it once more:

    A patchset is no fork and a fork is no patchset!

    And since go-oo is a patchset against the latest OpenOffice it can’t be a fork. And no, that single post from that SUN guy who claimed it to be a fork doesn’t make it right either.

  3. Roy Schestowitz said,

    December 31, 2008 at 2:34 pm

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    Sun’s VP of open source alleged at one stage that this was technically “a fork”.

  4. Roy Schestowitz said,

    December 31, 2008 at 2:37 pm

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    Division in this case is harmful and sharing of patches is already limited. If Sun has resolved this issue with Novell, then this is good news, but I need it confirmed by Sun (the victim).

  5. Chris said,

    December 31, 2008 at 3:04 pm

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    Jeez, you really don’t get it, do you?

    1. I care if “Sun’s VP of open source” is calling it a fork about as much as the pope calling the earth a disk.

    The point simply is that it isn’t true. A fork is by definition a split from a common codebase into two independent projects with different development lines which simply isn’t the case here because all go-oo is is a big patchset against the current OpenOffice release.

    2. Why do you think go-oo exists?! Although you apparently refuse to believe it, and like others already told you over and over, go-oo tries to get its patches upstream. Some get accepted, some get rejected and so on. Now what should be the correct solution (according to you) for stuff that got rejected upstream (for whatever reason) but still adds functionality? Should it be dropped cause it was rejected upstream? I for one am pretty happy I still can get it with go-oo.

    3. Calling SUN a “victim” is completely ridiculous if you finally stop looking only at the part of the story that fits your little world.

  6. Roy Schestowitz said,

    December 31, 2008 at 3:06 pm

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    Don’t forget who contributes the most.

  7. Chris said,

    December 31, 2008 at 3:13 pm

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    And that answers what question? As usual you are simply avoiding any answer …

    So let me list it up for you:

    1. Why do you think go-oo exists?

    2. What should be the correct solution (according to you) for stuff that got rejected upstream (for whatever reason) but still adds functionality?

    3. Why is SUN a victim?

    PS: I would guess / hope that SUN has the most people working on OpenOffice since they sell it also as StarOffice (which might be the explanation why some stuff doesn’t get into OpenOffice) but that’s not the point here.

  8. pcolon said,

    December 31, 2008 at 3:19 pm

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    A fork is by definition a split from a common codebase into two independent projects with different development lines which simply isn’t the case here because all go-oo is is a big patchset against the current OpenOffice release.

    It’s not a fork, then I can go to Openoffice.org and download go-oo.

  9. Roy Schestowitz said,

    December 31, 2008 at 3:23 pm

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    1. Why do you think go-oo exists?

    We both know the obvious answer, but there is more to it, in my humble opinion, as I will state below.

    2. What should be the correct solution (according to you) for stuff that got rejected upstream (for whatever reason) but still adds functionality?

    If the pool of patches is centralised, then it needs to be distanced from Novell, which cannot be trusted (and yet it strives to have control of the ‘pool’).

    3. Why is SUN a victim?

    Sun wants to monetise its work. Novell wants to take Sun’s money off the table by promoting Microsoft technologies that are Sun-hostile and also — by extension — harm GNU/Linux (not SUSE Linux).

  10. Jose_X said,

    December 31, 2008 at 5:18 pm

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    Chris, get your definition of a fork straight. You can patch GNOME to turn it into KDE. Having a “patchset” doesn’t mean anything magical. A simple automatic diff done on what go-ooo keeps inhouse against whatever Sun is doing will lead to a “patchset”.

    If you can’t remember what a fork means, look it up on wikipedia or at least provide some other source if you think wikipedia is out of their mind. I actually think the wikipedia definition makes a lot of sense.

    Here is what I wrote on LT recently: http://www.linuxtoday.com/news_story.php3?ltsn=2008-12-31-005-35-OS-NV-0000

  11. Jose_X said,

    December 31, 2008 at 5:40 pm

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    Chris, my apologies for picking nits since I think you were actually talking about a significantly divergent fork.

    I think forking is good. Most would call these “branches”, at least if they are being managed by the same community managing the main branch.

    What I don’t like is helping out Monopolysoft when it’s so easy to take a different path.

  12. Dan O'Brian said,

    December 31, 2008 at 8:44 pm

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    Roy: where do you see Novell trying to maintain control of the Go-OO patches?

  13. Roy Schestowitz said,

    January 1, 2009 at 2:45 am

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    Where did I say they did?

  14. Dan O'Brian said,

    January 1, 2009 at 8:40 am

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    Right here:

    If the pool of patches is centralised, then it needs to be distanced from Novell, which cannot be trusted (and yet it strives to have control of the ‘pool’).

  15. Roy Schestowitz said,

    January 1, 2009 at 10:35 am

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    http://www.whois.net/whois_new.cgi?d=go-oo&tld=org

    
    Domain ID:D105535482-LROR
    Domain Name:GO-OO.ORG
    Created On:07-Jan-2005 09:37:13 UTC
    Last Updated On:16-Nov-2007 14:50:45 UTC
    Expiration Date:07-Jan-2010 09:37:13 UTC
    Sponsoring Registrar:CSL Computer Service Langenbach GmbH d/b/a joker.com a German GmbH (R25-LROR)
    Status:CLIENT DELETE PROHIBITED
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    Registrant ID:CORG-108930
    Registrant Name:Michael Meeks
    Registrant Organization:Novell, Inc.
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  16. Will said,

    January 1, 2009 at 11:54 am

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    Oh, wow; they do have a PHYSICAL server with an adress… Gosh, surprise! Oh, wow, it’s a Novell server; who would have tought?

    And what has this got to do with ‘control of the patches’? Nothing.

    Next you’ll tell us that OpenOffice.org is hosted on a SUN server.

    Instead, we all would much prefer it if you anwered the question Dan asked instead of trying to weazle your way out of answering, as usual.

    Again:

    Roy: where do you see Novell trying to maintain control of the Go-OO patches?

  17. Roy Schestowitz said,

    January 1, 2009 at 12:09 pm

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    See this for a bit of background. As I recall it, Novell manages the code.

  18. Dan O'Brian said,

    January 1, 2009 at 12:12 pm

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    Novell contributes most of the patches to Go-OO, yes, but that does not mean they attempt to control it. They do not require copyright assignment and everyone is able to contribute (unlike OOo).

  19. Will said,

    January 1, 2009 at 12:16 pm

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    Roy, you’re weazling. Answer straight, don’t point to some unrelated gibberish you wrote up yourself for ‘reference’. Straight answer, one sentence.

  20. Roy Schestowitz said,

    January 1, 2009 at 12:18 pm

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    Novell contributes most of the patches to Go-OO, yes, but that does not mean they attempt to control it. They do not require copyright assignment and everyone is able to contribute (unlike OOo).

    There is nothing preventing them from committing patches that mostly benefit their big partner and funding source (Mono, MOOX, etc).

  21. Roy Schestowitz said,

    January 1, 2009 at 12:19 pm

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    Wilbert,

    May I ask if you are connected to SUSE? Just a user?

  22. Chris said,

    January 1, 2009 at 12:31 pm

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    The code is at http://svn.gnome.org/svn/ooo-build/trunk so its more controlled by Gnome than by Novell but since the argumentation anyways will go like “but the bad Novell employee has commit access, so M$ controls the code” it doesn’t matter I guess …

    Besides that, Roy, if you would read what you link to, you would have noticed that your preferred solution (3rd party pool of patches that aren’t accepted by SUN and controlled by a non-profit organization) is exactly what that poor guy you are trying to flame all the time wishes what would happen. Although this would only happen if SUN gets into the boat as well which wont happen anytime soon I guess.

    @Jose_X Sure, you can patch Gnome in to KDE or the other way round with the right patchset (and surely you better generate that automatically … ;D) but that’s kinda missing the point.

    IMHO a fork is when 2 different products emerge from one shared codebase and then continue to grow in two independent development lines. This isn’t the case with go-oo since it’s always a patchset against the latest official OpenOffice build (and therefore there aren’t two independent development lines). You don’t believe this? Just look into their SVN repository (URL a few lines above) ;P

    I agree that it probably would be a branch if it would be developed by the same guys but IMHO calling it a fork is just over the top. Also, IIRC, the wikipedia definition calls everything that is modified in a single bit a fork which is kinda stupid IMHO since basically every packager who applies a patch would be forking a project.

    @Roy: Please, do us a favor and ask that SUN guy who called go-oo an hostile fork why they want their branding on it (in Ubuntu) since that is kinda a contradiction. I guess his argumentation would be “interesting” ;)

    Or is it more like said at https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-devel-discuss/2008-December/006586.html
    and a few reasons for the existence go-oo might even be true? *gasp* … :P

  23. Roy Schestowitz said,

    January 1, 2009 at 12:40 pm

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    The code is at http://svn.gnome.org/svn/ooo-build/trunk so its more controlled by Gnome than by Novell but since the argumentation anyways will go like “but the bad Novell employee has commit access, so M$ controls the code” it doesn’t matter I guess …

    Thanks, I knew where it’s located. Back in 2007, I could find “Novell” in some footers around the code/accompanying pages. I’d need to recheck though

    Besides that, Roy, if you would read what you link to, you would have noticed that your preferred solution (3rd party pool of patches that aren’t accepted by SUN and controlled by a non-profit organization) is exactly what that poor guy you are trying to flame all the time wishes what would happen. Although this would only happen if SUN gets into the boat as well which wont happen anytime soon I guess.

    I hardly care for Sun. I care about some projects they have, such as Java that we very much need.

    @Roy: Please, do us a favor and ask that SUN guy who called go-oo an hostile fork why they want their branding on it (in Ubuntu) since that is kinda a contradiction. I guess his argumentation would be “interesting” ;)

    I never asked. I was contacted. I’m not about to approach Sun, sorry.

  24. Will said,

    January 1, 2009 at 12:42 pm

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    Teh, the typical knee-jerk reaction. Yes, I use openSUSE; no I don’t develop, I don’t work at Novell, I don’t work in the IT business or anything related to that. But I have a special place in my heart for truthbenders, thus I’m here with you…

    That was me, now your turn:

    Answer my question (Dan’s question) straight.

  25. Will said,

    January 1, 2009 at 12:43 pm

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    In case you hoped we forgot the question, it was:

    Roy: where do you see Novell trying to maintain control of the Go-OO patches?

  26. Roy Schestowitz said,

    January 1, 2009 at 12:48 pm

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    The hands on the spigot. Just look how this fork started (Kohei, Meeks and others).

  27. Will said,

    January 1, 2009 at 12:53 pm

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    You’re talking nonsense. You conveniently overlooked that Chris just (tried to) enlighten you that Michael Meeks pushes for a NPO-controlled pool of patches; which is pretty much what you yourself would like to see…

    Doesn’t fit into you rant, so you omit it, eh?

    “Hands on the spigot”? Laughable! What spigot? Don’t talk flowery to us. Where is your spigot? C’m on, show us your little spigot, Roy…

  28. Chris said,

    January 1, 2009 at 1:06 pm

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    So the SVN repository is located @ svn.gnome.org and apparently hosted by Canonical but go-oo is still bad since it was created by some Novell folks who were fed up with the way SUN is handling contributions to OpenOffice.

    Further it doesn’t matter that they (the go-oo people) want the same as you (Roy) (a NPO-controlled pool of patches that is) since they are still from “bad bad Novell” ™ and therefore have to be evil.

    I’m sorry, that’s probably my bad since I thought, just for a moment, it would be worth the time to normally argue with you based on facts. However, those one sided view at everything while ignoring everything that doesn’t fit into your little world is exactly what makes this site so ridiculous (except for nutters like “twitter”) and what drives every sane people away (like it apparently happened to Shane).

  29. Roy Schestowitz said,

    January 1, 2009 at 1:10 pm

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    You’re essentially asking me to throw away my personal assessment or else be abused with cheap shots like “Where is your spigot? C’m on, show us your little spigot, Roy…”

  30. Chris said,

    January 1, 2009 at 1:21 pm

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    No, in fact I couldn’t care less about your spigot.

    What I expect you to do is to stop making up stuff by purposely showing one side of the story and totally ignoring the other part just because it doesn’t fit your “bad bad Novell” ™ theory.

    Simply stick with the truth and present the facts instead of some far fetched speculations which then are used to back some other “facts”. Perhaps then you will actually succeed in your quest (_IF_ there is a point / reason behind this) and convince normal people (read as not nutters like e.g. “twitter”).

  31. Roy Schestowitz said,

    January 1, 2009 at 1:34 pm

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    Perhaps then you will actually succeed in your quest (_IF_ there is a point / reason behind this) and convince normal people (read as not nutters like e.g. “twitter”).

    There must be a lot of “nutters” out there because we had almost 10,000 visits yesterday.

    I don’t have to accept an opinion which I find erroneous given what I’ve read and learned. I try to separate the marketing gunk from the truth.

  32. Will said,

    January 1, 2009 at 1:51 pm

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    I don’t have to accept an opinion which I find erroneous given what I’ve read and learned

    Hm. Read: “I don’t have to accept facts”?

  33. Will said,

    January 1, 2009 at 1:52 pm

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    Oh, not every hit is a ‘believer’. Some come for contradicting you, some come for watching the circus (that’s what you’ve made of it) in disbelief.

  34. Roy Schestowitz said,

    January 1, 2009 at 1:53 pm

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    Things Novell says are arguments, not facts. I can accept them based on judgment.

    Companies lie. They call it “marketing”.

  35. Will said,

    January 1, 2009 at 1:53 pm

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    Roy: where do you see Novell trying to maintain control of the Go-OO patches?

  36. Roy Schestowitz said,

    January 1, 2009 at 1:58 pm

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    I showed you earlier. Besides, where do you think the Go-OO idea came from?

  37. Will said,

    January 1, 2009 at 1:59 pm

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    No you didn’t. Don’t pretend you did.

  38. Will said,

    January 1, 2009 at 2:00 pm

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    …or I will say ‘spigot’. ;-)

    Seriously, what did you mean by that word? It didn’t answer any part of the question.

  39. Chris said,

    January 1, 2009 at 2:06 pm

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    Sure you are free to have your own opinion, I would never deny that.

    What I mean is simply idiotic stuff like your go-oo rants that claim it would be an hostile fork with the purpose to get Novell in control of OpenOffice and totally neglect the other side, like:

    1. it was only founded because SUNs way of getting stuff into core OpenOffice is kinda “suboptimal” (as in many bureaucratic hurdles, stuff gets rejected cause they want it only in their commercial StarOffice product or for various other reasons).

    2. Core OpenOffice is a total bitch to build – one of the main targets of go-oo was to make this much easier.

    3. go-oo tries to get its patches into OpenOffice (that “omg its a fork” implies the opposite)

    4. The preferred solutions of the go-oo people is the same as yours (a NPO organization managing the patch pool / OpenOffice).

    5. and so on

    The point simply is that you should present the whole picture and not only the parts of it that you like cause they fit your view of the world.

  40. Roy Schestowitz said,

    January 1, 2009 at 2:15 pm

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    Seriously, what did you mean by that word? It didn’t answer any part of the question.

    Novell pours Mono and MOOX out the code barrel (Microsoft’s proprietary technology).

  41. Roy Schestowitz said,

    January 1, 2009 at 2:17 pm

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    Chris,

    For multiple points of view, read more than one Web site. I know I always do.

  42. Chris said,

    January 1, 2009 at 2:24 pm

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    Then perhaps you better rename the subtitle of your page from

    Exploring the reality behind exclusionary deals with Microsoft and their subtle (yet severe) implications

    into something like

    Exploring my subjective point of view behind exclusionary deals with Microsoft and their subtle (yet severe) implications while ignoring everything that doesn’t fit into my little world.

    That’s what you want?

  43. Roy Schestowitz said,

    January 1, 2009 at 2:28 pm

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    You’re suggesting that your point of view is correct and mine is incorrect; that’s just fascism. I’m entitled to my opinion, which I based of evidence that I gather.

  44. Chris said,

    January 1, 2009 at 2:42 pm

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    Er … no?!

    I’m suggesting that your “point of view” is artificially made up by purposefully neglecting everything that doesn’t fit into your never ending ranting that “bad bad Novell” ™ is the devil and thereby creating a subjective point of view that is far from being objective.

    And, because it isn’t objective, it therefore doesn’t deserve the word “reality” (as in objective reality) but more “subjective point of view” (as in the way you see only what you want and completely ignore the rest). So your heading is wrong and you better fix it since it might give more people a wrong impression.

  45. casanunda said,

    January 1, 2009 at 6:24 pm

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    >Novell pours Mono and MOOX out the
    >code barrel (Microsoft’s proprietary technology).

    Don’t mind my asking but what does this have to do with Novell trying to maintain control of the Go-OO patches?

  46. Roy Schestowitz said,

    January 1, 2009 at 6:27 pm

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    Novell can merge things that make its partner happy. They do have ongoing collaborations.

    “[The partnership with Microsoft is] going very well insofar as we originally agreed to co-operate on three distinct projects and now we’re working on nine projects and there’s a good list of 19 other projects that we plan to co-operate on.”

    Ron Hovsepian, Novell CEO

  47. casanunda said,

    January 1, 2009 at 6:29 pm

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    No, I meant, how does ‘pouring out Mono’ (whatever that has to do with OpenOffice) help Novell control the Go-OO patches?

  48. Roy Schestowitz said,

    January 1, 2009 at 6:31 pm

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    Go-ooXML facilitates Mono extensions and has a dependency.

  49. casanunda said,

    January 1, 2009 at 6:35 pm

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    Yeah, bad, bad.

    But how does this help Novell ‘maintain control’ of the go-oo patchset?

  50. Roy Schestowitz said,

    January 1, 2009 at 6:37 pm

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    This is less than related to “control of patches”.

  51. casanunda said,

    January 1, 2009 at 6:43 pm

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    So then you replied something unrelated to the question. Why?

  52. Roy Schestowitz said,

    January 1, 2009 at 6:51 pm

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    Not quite.

    Influence and control are separate issues. Novell does not control this patchset with an iron fist, but it is able to sneak into it some of its exclusively-’protected’ stuff, which will in turn be funneled into ‘unprotected’ distributions.

  53. casanunda said,

    January 2, 2009 at 6:20 am

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    What in the world has ‘sneaking in’ what you call ‘protected stuff’ (and I think this is very much subject to discussion) to do with ‘maintaining control’ of the go-oo patchset? (And I suspect the answer is ‘nothing’.)

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  12. Only Half a Dozen Cuban Patents Filed at EPO, But Hugely Unpopular Battistelli Goes to Cuba to Garner Cheap Support

    Now that Spain is antagonising the EPO (and especially the UPC) the President of the EPO helps create some puff pieces in Spanish as he visits Cuba and neighbouring Spanish-speaking nations which are historically renowned for defunct governance and lawlessness (like the EPO itself)



  13. Nepotismo de la UPC, Abusos Políticos, y el Envolvimiento en la UPC de la Firma ¨Legal¨ que la OEP Contrato para Matonear a Techrights

    La Corte Unitaria de Patentes UPC, un sistema arregaldo esta siendo embestida por la gargant de Europa por la OEP. (Nos están metiendo la yuca). Sus grandes clientes (incluso extranjeros), con sus abogados de patentes para que todo el mundo los vea.



  14. Miembro del Parlamente Europe Resalta ¨Las Continuas Violaciones de los Fundamentales Derechos de los Empleados de la OEP¨

    Pregunta a la Comisión Europea de parte de la MEP Portuguesa Ana Gomes, publicado en el sitio del Parlamente Europeo.



  15. Links 11/2/2016: LibreOffice 5.1, HMRC and FOSS

    Links for the day



  16. Microsoft Continues to Use Software Patents to Extort/Blackmail Even More Companies That Use Linux, Forcing/Coercing Them Into Preinstalling Microsoft

    Acer is the latest large OEM to have become a victim of Microsoft's witch-hunt against Android/Linux preloaders, whom Microsoft is coercing into becoming Microsoft's carriers (or face litigation over software patents, with high legal fees if not injunctions or high damages upon secret settlements)



  17. EPO Brain Drain (Even Directors Fed Up With Team Battistelli) and Rumours About Battistelli Becoming President of the UPC

    Words heard through the grapevine of the European Patent Office (EPO), where staff is overwhelmingly against the managers and some people, including high-profile staff, add to the exodus



  18. More Than 20 Years in the Line: European Patent Office and Claims of European Convention on Human Rights Infringement Against Applicants/Stakeholders

    Gross incompetence and potentially an infringement of the European Convention on Human Rights at the European Patent Office (EPO), this time impacting an applicant (one of many in a similar position)



  19. UPC Nepotism, Political Abuses, and UPC Involvement From the Legal Firm That EPO Hired to Bully Techrights

    The Unitary Patent Court (UPC), a rigged system that is being rammed down Europe's throat by the EPO, its big clients (even foreign), and their patent lawyers laid bear for people to see



  20. Member of European Parliament Brings Up “Ongoing Violations of the Fundamental and Employment Rights of the Staff of EPO”

    Question to the European Commission from Portuguese MEP Ana Gomes, as published in the site of the European Parliament



  21. La Oficina Europea de Patentes Pretende que No Pasa Nada y Prepara una Feria de Vanidad

    La estrategia de relaciones públicas de la OEP cuya destructiva estrategia de patentes continua sin disminución (por ahora), se engancha en Colombia y se esfuerza en manufacturar el mito donde el público, examinadores de patentes, y aplicantes de patentes todos estan muy felices con la OEP.



  22. La ‘Internacional’ Commisión de Comercio Impone/Reenfuerza Patentes de Software para Establecer Otro Embargo

    La Comisión Internacional (sic) de Comercio se esta entrometiendo en competición de nuevo permitiendo a un gigante de los Estados Unidos Ciso en este caso, a potencialmente bloquear rivales (no importaciones del extranjero) usando patentes de software.



  23. Links 9/2/2016: Linux in Robotics, Hyperledger Project

    Links for the day



  24. Besieged Benoît Battistelli Mimics 'Damage Control' Tactics of FIFA or Blatter as More Judges Start Getting Involved in EPO Scandals

    Rumours and a new rant from Battistelli reinforce suspicions that actions are being organised behind the scenes, possibly as part of an upcoming, high-level campaign to unseat/dethrone Battistelli, who has become a reputational disaster to the European Patent Office (EPO), much like Sepp Blatter at FIFA



  25. Several Political Parties Directly Challenge the European Patent Office for Ignoring the Law, Not Obeying Court Orders

    Politicians make it crystal clear that the EPO, despite its unique status, cannot just raise its nose at the rulings of courts of law, definitely not in Dutch territory where the EPO operates



  26. Even the Legal Community is Upset at Benoît Battistelli for the Damage He Did to the EPO

    A recent article from lawyers' media (in German) speaks of the great damage (or mess) left by its current president, who has become somewhat of a laughing stock and growingly synonymous with farcical trials even in the circles of stakeholders, not just his own staff



  27. EPO Union (SUEPO) Getting Busted: “More and More People are Joining the Union, but Fewer and Fewer People Dare to Take on Leading Positions There.”

    The union-busting actions taken by EPO management in collaboration with Control Risks (for weak accusations against staff representatives) and FTI Consulting (for 'damage control') as described in a recent article, in the words of SUEPO lawyer Liesbeth Zegveld



  28. Microsoft's Copyrights- and Patents-Based Attacks on GNU/Linux Carry on

    The SCO case is still going on and Microsoft has just signed a patent deal with GoPro over its FOSS-based software, relating to “certain file storage and other system technologies”



  29. The EPO's Benoît Battistelli is the Dictator Who Can No Longer Dictate Like He Used to

    The European Patent Office's mechanism of oversight is starting to work just a little because, based on a new report from Juve, Battistelli is now reluctant to make proposals that would prove unpopular among delegates



  30. La Más Detallada Explicación (hasta ahora) de ¿Qué esta mal con la OEP?

    La insistencia de la OEP que permanece arriba de la ley no sólo est bajo fuego en los medios pero también esta siendo desafiada basado en personas familiares con la aplicabilidad de la ley a organizaciones internacionales.


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