EditorsAbout the SiteComes vs. MicrosoftUsing This Web SiteSite ArchivesCredibility IndexOOXMLOpenDocumentPatentsNovellNews DigestSite NewsRSS

04.14.09

Then They Lie, Then They Fight You, Then They Choose Your Products

Posted in Apple, Deception, Free/Libre Software, FUD, GNU/Linux, Google, GPL, Interoperability, Microsoft at 5:48 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Portrait of Gandhi

“First They Ignore You, Then They Ridicule You, Then They Fight You.”

Mahatma Gandhi

Summary: Phases of an ongoing Microsoft crisis, in detail

HOW CAN ONE tell that Microsoft stands on its last leg?

Well, there are many yardsticks one can use, but one of them is a purely behavioural one. Microsoft employees, for example, are attacking competitors out in the open right now. It’s not just quick smears but also well-orchestrated smears that are managed and planned by groups of seniors in an air-conditioned office. How about Microsoft’s attacks on Apple (e.g. 'Apple tax', which was mentioned the other day) and similar ones against GNU/Linux (e.g. the sub-notebooks lies, mostly seeded by Microsoft/NPD/IDG)? Here is another post on this subject.

Despite these attacks (including notorious lawsuits against Linux), Microsoft is pretending that everything is cool. Quoting from this story, writes Tony O’Bryan:

Subject: Lying Sack of Offal

> [Sam Ramji] said that Microsoft’s commitment to delivering compatibility with open source software is largely driven by user demand.

Any interoperability between Microsoft and FOSS comes from two sources:

1) Very hard work by FOSS developers despite unceasing interference, antagonism, and threats from Microsoft.

2) The butt-kicking Microsoft has received from the only government on Earth with the guts to protect its citizens from Microsoft: the E.U.

It seems that a prerequisite for working at Microsoft is the ability to lie without flinching.

It wasn’t long ago that Sam Ramji lied about the GPL and got caught.

So, Microsoft is not only fighting quite aggressively against GNU/Linux but it also relies on deception and ignorance. Who could blame Microsoft? Its Windows franchise shows signs of crumbling not only due to cost (Windows is now as cheap as a few bucks because of fierce competition from GNU/Linux).

Microsoft moving XP into reduced-support phase on Tuesday

[...]

The move out of mainstream and into extended support also comes just days after a leaked Microsoft memorandum spelled out a relaxation of the rules for computer makers that want to continue selling new PCs with the aging operating system.

OEMs will be allowed to advertise new systems as XP PCs, something that hasn’t been allowed since June 2008, and can “downgrade” a license for Windows 7 — the operating system that hasn’t yet been released — to XP for at least six months after Windows 7′s launch.

That in its own right is bad and it shows that Microsoft anticipates problems with Vista 7 [1, 2, 3].

Lastly, how can one tell that Microsoft is close to giving up? Approximately half (or more) of its employees choose the competition’s product.

Half Of Microsoft Employees Use Google To Search Web

Forget about selling Live Search to the American public—Microsoft is struggling to get its own employees to use the search engine.

This is also covered here. Shall Steve Ballmer ever have his wish granted, his employees might struggle to get work done.

“I’m going to f—ing kill Google.”

Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO (quote from Sydney Morning Herald)

“Every time you use Google, you’re using a machine running the Linux kernel.”

Chris DiBona, Google

Share this post: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Reddit
  • co.mments
  • DZone
  • email
  • Google Bookmarks
  • LinkedIn
  • NewsVine
  • Print
  • Technorati
  • TwitThis
  • Facebook

If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

Pages that cross-reference this one

12 Comments

  1. David Gerard said,

    April 15, 2009 at 11:45 am

    Gravatar

    Actual photo of the entrance of Zune HQ. Note that all the iPods in the bin are (a) new (b) the same generation.

  2. paul (the unverified) said,

    April 16, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Gravatar

    I know. MS should get Seinfeld to do a commercial about using MS’s search engine. I hear that Seinfeld is really a funny guy.

  3. Roy Schestowitz said,

    April 16, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    Gravatar

    Not really. That would be Larry David.

  4. David Gerard said,

    April 16, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    Gravatar

    Bob Hope!

  5. sankaran said,

    April 16, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Gravatar

    Hi Roy,

    Why did you put Gandhiji’s photo there? Please put the exact quotation what Gandhi told below Gandhiji’s photo

    Thanks for an excellent post

    Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    sankaran,

    Done. I hope it did not seem offensive in any way.

    sankaran Reply:

    No, it was good actually

    Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    Ah, OK. I assumed people would get the reference.

    sankaran Reply:

    And thanks for such a superfast response, you rock

  6. David Gerard said,

    April 16, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    Gravatar

    “First they fight you
    Then they laugh at you
    Then they ignore you
    Then you lose.”

    - the reverse-Gandhi as done by SCO

  7. sankaran said,

    April 16, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Gravatar

    I got the actual quote from the following link

    http://www.quotedb.com/quotes/2776

  8. paul (the unverified) said,

    April 16, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    Gravatar

    @D Gerard and Roy

    Great ref to Larry David, Roy and a thoroughly amusing link (Bob Hope), Dave.

    Thanks guys.

What Else is New


  1. OSI Did Not Guard the Open Source Brand; Now Its Own Name, Open Source Initiative, is Being 'Diluted' and “Open Source” is Almost Meaningless

    The term or the brand “Open Source” is becoming worthless because those who use it typically engage in production of proprietary software falsely marketed as “Open Source” (that's what openwashing is inherently about)



  2. Microsoft is Not an Open Source Authority But an Opponent of Open Source

    Various outlets that are closely connected to Microsoft are trying to convince us that Microsoft is now 'king' of Open Source; nothing could be further from the truth however



  3. Links 22/9/2019: KMyMoney 5.0.7, Lennart's Latest Plan

    Links for the day



  4. Summits of Open Bear Traps: The Open Core Summit and Other 'Open' Events That Actually Attack Software Freedom

    Conferences that call themselves "open" something are sometimes nothing but an attack on openness (not to mention freedom) and promotion of FUD about Free/Open Source software (FOSS); there's an ample set of examples to that effect



  5. Openwashing Report: 'Open Source' Without Any or Most of the Benefits

    The cheapening of the term "Open Source" continues; sooner or later everything out there will be called "open" irrespective of what it really is



  6. Patent Extremism is Not Normal and Not an Innocent Mindset

    Reflection upon the sad state of the European patent system and how media turns a blind eye to it; worldwide, in general, the discussion about patents is being warped by the litigation giants, whose sole goal is to maximise the number of lawsuits/shakedowns (personal gain)



  7. Links 22/9/2019: LLVM 9.0.0 and FreeBSD 12.1 Beta

    Links for the day



  8. Links 21/9/2019: Plasma 5.17 Beta in Kubuntu, Cockpit 203

    Links for the day



  9. IBM Cannot Become a True Friend of Free Software Because of Its Current Patent Policy

    IBM needs to quit bullying people/companies with software patents; that would help towards appeasement of IBM critics and sceptics



  10. When Patent 'Professionals' Sound Like Children Who Learned to Parrot Some Intentionally-Misleading Buzzwords, Myths and Lies

    With buzzwords like "AI" and misleading terms like "IP" the litigation zealots are trying to convince themselves (and the public) that software is a physical thing and a "property" which needs "protecting" from "theft"; it doesn't seem to bother these people that copyright law already covers software



  11. The European Parliament Needs to Become More Outspoken About EPO Abuses

    There are few encouraging signs in Europe right now because the EPO's disregard for patent law (striving to just grant as many patents as possible) earned it much-needed backlash from the European Parliament



  12. Links 19/9/2019: German Federal Ministry of the Interior Wants FOSS, Top Snaps Named

    Links for the day



  13. Buying the Voices of 'Linux' People to Repeat Microsoft's Talking Points While Removing Our Icons and Leaders (Calling Them Sexist)

    The dirty games leveraged by several companies including Microsoft target charismatic people who are essential for morale and leadership; these tactics aren't particularly novel



  14. When the EPO Sees Itself as Above European Law, Grants Patents in Defiance of the EPC (Its Founding Document) and Violates Staff's Labour Rights/Protections (International Law)

    The absurd state of affairs at the EPO has reached the point where laws at every level are being violated and even judges are being threatened or vainly ignored; the EU is belatedly trying to tackle these issues, which have actually cost its credibility a great deal and threaten the perception of Rule of Law at multiple levels



  15. Links 19/9/2019: Samba 4.11.0 and Kubernetes 1.16

    Links for the day



  16. Update on Koch v EPO: Internal Appeals Committee (IAC) Composition Still Likely Illegal

    An important EPO case, concerning a dismissed staff representative, shows what ILO-AT and the EPO's Internal Appeals Committee boil down to



  17. Links 18/9/2019: Fedora Linux 31 Beta, PCLinuxOS 2019.09 Update

    Links for the day



  18. Links 17/9/2019: CentOS 7.7 and Funtoo Linux 1.4 Released

    Links for the day



  19. EPO is Not European

    Internationalists and patent trolls are those who stand to benefit from the 'globalisation' of low-quality and law-breaking patents such as patents on algorithms, nature and life itself; the EPO isn't equipped to serve its original goals anymore



  20. The EPO's Central Staff Committee and SUEPO (Staff Union) Respond to “Fascist Bills” Supported by EPO President António Campinos

    Raw material pertaining to the latest Campinos "scandal"; what Campinos said, what the Central Staff Committee (CSC) said, and what SUEPO said



  21. Storm Brewing in the European Patent Office After a Hot Summer

    Things aren't rosy in EPOnia (to say the least); in fact, things have been getting a lot worse lately, but the public wouldn't know judging by what media tells the public (almost nothing)



  22. Why I Once Called for Richard Stallman to Step Down

    Guest post from the developer who recently authored "Getting Stallman Wrong Means Getting The 21st Century Wrong"



  23. As Richard Stallman Resigns Let's Consider Why GNU/Linux Without Stallman and Torvalds Would be a Victory to Microsoft

    Stallman has been ejected after a lot of intentionally misleading press coverage; this is a dark day for Software Freedom



  24. Links 16/9/2019: GNU Linux-libre 5.3, GNU World Order 13×38, Vista 10 Breaks Itself Again

    Links for the day



  25. Links 16/9/2019: Qt Quick on Vulkan, Metal, and Direct3D; BlackWeb 1.2 Reviewed

    Links for the day



  26. Richard Stallman's Controversial Views Are Nothing New and They Distract From Bill Gates' Vastly Worse Role

    It's easier to attack Richard Stallman (RMS) using politics (than using his views on software) and media focus on Stallman's personal views on sexuality bears some resemblance to the push against Linus Torvalds, which leans largely on the false perception that he is sexist, rude and intolerant



  27. Links 16/9/2019: Linux 5.3, EasyOS Releases, Media Backlash Against RMS

    Links for the day



  28. Openwashing Report on Open Networking Foundation (ONF): When Open Source Means Collaboration Among Giant Spying Companies

    Massive telecommunications oligopolies (telecoms) are being described as ethical and responsible by means of openwashing; they even have their own front groups for that obscene mischaracterisation and ONF is one of those



  29. 'Open Source' You Cannot Run Without Renting or 'Licensing' Windows From Microsoft

    When so-called ‘open source’ programs strictly require Vista 10 (or similar) to run, how open are they really and does that not redefine the nature of Open Source while betraying everything Free/libre software stands for?



  30. All About Control: Microsoft is Not Open Source But an Open Source Censor/Spy and GitHub/LinkedIn/Skype Are Its Proprietary Censorship/Surveillance Tools

    All the big companies which Microsoft bought in recent years are proprietary software and all of the company’s big products remain proprietary software; all that “Open Source” is to Microsoft is “something to control and censor“


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