02.18.09

Gemini version available ♊︎

Whatever Microsoft Touches, Microsoft Ruins

Posted in Free/Libre Software, GPL, Law, Microsoft, OSI at 8:48 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Assimilation strategy revisited

Sheep
Ms-PL and G-PL — which is the black sheep?

INTERNAL PRESENTATIONS which are delivered at Microsoft clearly suggest that the company not only understands that attending competitors’ events/committees upsets the audience; Microsoft actively encourages its employee to exploit this and to ‘crash’ events by merely turning attention to itself and changing the agenda to include more of Microsoft. Recent examples include VMWare, but it's a complicated one. Better examples include the crashing of PlayStation3 launch parties and Microsoft’s flirt with the OSI. This was deliberate and it was nothing to be fond of [1, 2, 3].

Over at LinuxToday, GreyGeek composed a good new post which goes under the headline “The OSI was hijacked.” To highlight a couple of portions:

Linux is where it is today, despite the constant attacks from Microsoft and its sycophants, and other proprietary businesses, entirely because it is impossible for them to hijack GPL code.

So, if they can’t hijack the GPL they tried the next best thing: surround the GPL with licenses which CLAIM to be similar to the GPL but were not. The uninformed, walking into the forest of OSI “approved” licenses, stands a strong chance of being deceived into believing that a license they might choose is “identical” because they heard that the GPL is Open Source and the OSI is the “Open Source” Initiative. What their guides through the forest lead them away from is the TRUE open source license, the GPL.

When you acquire an application that is GPL you are guaranteed that:
1) You have the same rights over that application as the person or company from which you got the application.
2) You have the right to obtain the source code of the binary of that application which, when compiled, produces an EXACT copy of the binary of the application you were given.
3) You can modify the source code any way you wish and
3a) If you don’t share your modified application then you don’t have to share your changes,
3b) If you do share your modified application you MUST give the people receiving it the same rights you were given, which includes access to the original source and the source code you added.
4) If they violate the GPL then they lose ALL rights to distribute the GPL portion of the code, but you do not.
5) You cannot sign away your GPL rights as part of an agreement to recive a GPL application. See #4.

Why do these PHONY FOSS companies want to lure you away from the GPL with PHONY FOSS LICENSES? Simple. If it is not “Bait and Switch” then it’s called LOCK-IN.

[...]

SUMMARY: There is only ONE TRUE FOSS License, the GPL. Any other license gives the user less freedom and/or less security in knowing that the code can’t be hijacked they way Microsoft and Apple HIJACKED the BSD and the FreeBSD.

Jose X argues that “GreyGeek’s reply is missing something. I don’t disagree, but besides the license, it’s the licensor as well as the group that owns the copyrights to the license, e.g. an Ms-* license like the GPL will be interpreted differently by Microsoft and they would likely try to play the version x or higher trick so that later versions of the license are different in spirit, i.e. bait and switch.”

“The OSI may not be the only entity to have been ‘hijacked’.”“Bruce Perens couldn't get elected,” writes Balzac. “He was the most reasonable guy involved, and the most visionary. The OSI is irrelevant to those whose concern is computer users’ freedom.”

Balzac also writes that Bruce Perens was tossed for saying [paraphrasing] “It’s time to start saying free software again. Notice I didn’t say open source.”

The OSI may not be the only entity to have been ‘hijacked’. Some months ago we mentioned Redmonk because they have Microsoft’s money on their table, too. To their credit, they at least admit this upfront, as pointed out in this new post.

Their clients are posted clearly on their site. Every time they mention a client (in a blog or otherwise) they include the disclaimer. I see them as being more of a pulse on what’s going on than a mouthpiece for clients (e.g. Gartner). I never feel like I have to look at their research with a microscope and wonder if any string manipulation is going on. I know that many are curious how many companies have ever been in the Gartner Magic Quadrant without paying fees but if Redmonk had their own, this too would be transparent.

An opposite example used in this case is the Gartner Group, which we already have substantial proof to show as “corrupted by Microsoft.” For details:

Whether output from Gartner should be embargoed or not, well… that’s just left for others to decide.

Counting money

Share in other sites/networks: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Reddit
  • email

Decor ᶃ Gemini Space

Below is a Web proxy. We recommend getting a Gemini client/browser.

Black/white/grey bullet button This post is also available in Gemini over at this address (requires a Gemini client/browser to open).

Decor ✐ Cross-references

Black/white/grey bullet button Pages that cross-reference this one, if any exist, are listed below or will be listed below over time.

Decor ▢ Respond and Discuss

Black/white/grey bullet button If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

3 Comments

  1. Lyle Howard Seave said,

    February 18, 2009 at 10:14 am

    Gravatar

    Nice of you to give props to GreyGeek who is along with Brandioch Oconnor one of the best commenters on LinuxToday.

    Very often Grey’s intelligent interventions are much better than the article he comments on.

  2. Roy Schestowitz said,

    February 18, 2009 at 10:21 am

    Gravatar

    He has been on LT for ages. He understands what he comments on.

  3. NotZed said,

    February 18, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    Gravatar

    The OSI has to keep adding to its set of approved licenses, otherwise their relevance will fade. They don’t really have any other purpose do they?

    Anyway, some of greygeeks objections apply just as equally to the GPL as well, and is actually used as a business model for many companies. For example when a company requires copyright assignment for any contributions – it may be so they can re-license it for other purposes, including proprietary ones. Although it’s a double-edged sword. A project I was working on was completely GPL, but we could not use any other GPL libraries or code because it would have ‘tainted’ the copyright, and messed up the licensing of additional proprietary components which were the mechanism to make money (the code wasn’t written in an externally extensible manner). Although on a practical level it didn’t matter a whole lot – we enjoyed reimplementing everything – it actually meant that it wasn’t so much a piece of free software as an ‘open source’ one, and I found it quite frustrating.

    On the other hand, you have something like the linux kernel with no copyright assignment, so nobody can own it. But now, because of short sighted decisions like removing the ‘or later version’ , they can never re-license it. And despite the shared copyrights, linus’s view is simply `worth’ more than anyone else’s – e.g. the legality of binary modules.

DecorWhat Else is New


  1. Links 08/02/2023: GNOME Smoother Scrolling of Text Views

    Links for the day



  2. Links 08/02/2023: Transmission 4.0.0 Released and Mass Layoffs at Zoom

    Links for the day



  3. IRC Proceedings: Tuesday, February 07, 2023

    IRC logs for Tuesday, February 07, 2023



  4. When the Pension Vanishes

    Today we commenced a multi-part mini-series about pensions and what happens when they suddenly vanish and nobody is willing to explain where all the money went



  5. Sirius 'Open Source' Pensiongate: An Introduction

    The Sirius ‘Open Source’ series continues in the form of a mini-series about pensions; it’s part of an ongoing investigation of a deep mystery that impacts people who left the company quite a long time ago and some of the lessons herein are applicable to any worker with a pension (at times of financial uncertainties)



  6. Links 07/02/2023: Endless OS 5.0 and Voice.AI GPL Violations

    Links for the day



  7. No Doubt Microsoft Unleashed Another 'Tay', Spreading Bigotry Under the Guise of Hey Hi (AI)

    Reprinted with permission from Ryan



  8. Links 07/02/2023: Fedora 39 Development Plans Outlines

    Links for the day



  9. IRC Proceedings: Monday, February 06, 2023

    IRC logs for Monday, February 06, 2023



  10. Links 06/02/2023: Escuelas Linux 8.0 and Many Political Issues

    Links for the day



  11. Links 06/02/2023: Sparky 6.6 and IPFire 2.27 – Core Update 173

    Links for the day



  12. Taking Back Control or Seizing Autonomy Over the News Cycle (Informing People, Culling the Marketing)





  13. Reality Versus Fiction: EPO Insiders Versus EPO Web Site and UPC 'Churnalists'

    The "official" sources of the European Patent Office (EPO), as well as the sedated "media" that the EPO is bribing for further bias, cannot tell the truth about this very large institution; for proper examination of Europe's largest patent office one must pursue the interpretation by longtime veterans and insiders, who are increasingly upset and abused (they're being pressured to grant patents in violation of the charter of the EPO)



  14. Links 06/02/2023: Linux 6.2 RC7 and Fatal Earthquake

    Links for the day



  15. IRC Proceedings: Sunday, February 05, 2023

    IRC logs for Sunday, February 05, 2023



  16. Links 05/02/2023: Wayland in Bookworm and xvidtune 1.0.4

    Links for the day



  17. Links 05/02/2023: Pakistan Blocks Wikipedia, Musharraf Dies

    Links for the day



  18. IRC Proceedings: Saturday, February 04, 2023

    IRC logs for Saturday, February 04, 2023



  19. Links 04/02/2023: FOSDEM Happening and Ken Thompson in SoCal Linux Expo

    Links for the day



  20. 2023 is the Year Taxpayers' Money Goes to War and Energy Subsidies, Not Tech

    Now that a lot of powerful and omnipresent ‘tech’ (spying and policing) companies are rotting away we have golden opportunities to bring about positive change and maybe even recruit technical people for good causes



  21. Getting Back to Productive Computer Systems Would Benefit Public Health and Not Just Boost Productivity

    “Smartphoneshame” (shaming an unhealthy culture of obsession with “apps”) would potentially bring about a better, more sociable society with fewer mental health crises and higher productivity levels



  22. Links 04/02/2023: This Week in KDE and Many More Tech Layoffs

    Links for the day



  23. Dotcom Boom and Bust, Round 2

    The age of technology giants/monopolies devouring everything or military-funded (i.e. taxpayers-subsidised) surveillance/censorship tentacles, in effect privatised eyes of the state, may be ending; the United States can barely sustain that anymore and raising the debt ceiling won't solve that (buying time isn't the solution)



  24. Society Would Benefit From a Smartphoneshame Movement

    In a society plagued by blackmail, surveillance and frivolous lawsuits it is important to reconsider the notion of “smart” phone ownership; these devices give potentially authoritarian companies and governments far too much power over people (in the EU they want to introduce new legislation that would, in effect, ban Free software if it enables true privacy)



  25. IRC Proceedings: Friday, February 03, 2023

    IRC logs for Friday, February 03, 2023



  26. IRC Proceedings: Thursday, February 02, 2023

    IRC logs for Thursday, February 02, 2023



  27. Links 03/02/2023: Proton 7.0-6 Released, ScummVM 2.7 Testing

    Links for the day



  28. Links 03/02/2023: OpenSSH 9.2 and OBS Studio 29.0.1

    Links for the day



  29. Links 03/02/2023: GNU C Library 2.37

    Links for the day



  30. Sirius Finished

    Yesterday I was sent a letter approving my resignation from Sirius ‘Open Source’, two months after I had already announced that I was resigning with immediate effect; they sent an identical letter to my wife (this time, unlike before, they remembered to also change the names!!)


RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channel: Come and chat with us in real time

Recent Posts