MICROSOFT MAY HAVE JUST LAID OFF MANY THOUSANDS of employees. But the company is quickly recruiting more people, specifically to fight GNU/Linux. And they have the nerve to call it “Open Source” something. Sounds like they need another Orlando Ayala [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8] or Sam Ramji [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12] or even Robert Duffner to viciously suffocate GNU/Linux for more Microsoft profits. [emphasis below is ours]
Our team mission is to gather intelligence, create business strategies, and drive action in the marketplace for the Windows Client business. In this job, you will be asked to think strategically, put yourself in the mindset of our competitors, influence multi-million dollar marketing campaigns, and drive high-level executive thinking around business strategy.
As the Director of Open Source Desktop Strategy you will need to drive research and build holistic strategies across dynamic market segments like PCs, NetBooks, and mobile internet devices.
Head hunters may like to call this intelligence gathering. Microsoft is in the process of engaging several executive search firms to conduct extensive talent mapping exercises focused on Adobe’s development centers in Bangalore and Noida. These two centers collectively employ close to 700 people primarily constituting product development specialists at various levels of seniority. “
–Adobe staff under Microsoft lens (2008)
“Gathering intelligence on enemy activities is critical to the success of the Slog.”
–Microsoft, internal document
So… who would be willing to help this type of company? Only an immoral person, surely. This is not about open source [1, 2], it’s about redefining, subverting and destroying it, along with human rights and freedoms. █
“LH [Longhorn] is a pig and I don’t see any solution to this problem. If we are to rise to the challenge of Linux…”
–Jim Allchin, Microsoft