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


Meet Obama’s Pick for Technology Advisory Panel

Posted in Free/Libre Software, GPL, Microsoft, Quote at 11:15 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

HERE is what Craig Mundie, whom Obama has just appointed, thinks about Free/open source software:

Never show source code, senior Microsoft man says

Craig Mundie, senior VP at Microsoft, told the conference in São Paulo yesterday, the secret to success in software is “never show the source”.

He said that the FSF [Free Software Foundation] wanted to destroy a business model in which industry standard software had benefited everyone for a long time.

Microsoft’s code sharing offer draws blank

[Craig Mundie] also said Microsoft is going ahead with the source code sharing programme despite the recent virus attacks targeting Microsoft products.

“When we enter into a source code sharing programme we have strict confidentiality clauses. We do not expect it to be leading to security breaches”

Commercial software, sustainable innovation

“The GPL turns our existing concepts of intellectual property rights on their heads. Some of the tension I see between the GPL and strong business models is by design, and some of it is caused simply because there remains a high level of legal uncertainty around the GPL– uncertainty that translates into business risk” [ --Craig Mundie]

Microsoft pays court to Washington

“At the height of the US government’s antitrust pursuit of Microsoft, Bill Gates and his execs were vigorously denouncing rivals Sun Microsystems and Oracle for using the Feds to try to cripple the world’s largest software company [...]

Privately [...] Microsoft lobbyist Paula Boyd met with Jonathan Cody, FCC chairman Michael Powell’s special policy advisor [...] Microsoft strategist Pierre De Vries and Microsoft attorney Scott Blake Harris (the FCC’s former international bureau chief) met with FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein. Craig Mundie, Microsoft’s senior vice president, has met with Powell personally. And those are just a few examples.

Obama promotes the message about transparency, so why is this guy on his panel? Devil’s advocate?

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


  1. Myfraudsoft said,

    April 28, 2009 at 12:04 pm


    I thought that the secret to success in software is “…to write programs, and to study great programs that other people have written. In Craig Mundie’s boss’s case, he went to the garbage cans at the Computer Science Center and he fished out listings of their operating system.” [sic]

    pcolon Reply:

    That’s not sharing; It’s called scavenging, and to this day, no matter how wealthy, he’s still a bottom-feeder.

    Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    This past reference is important because Microsoft is now characterising him as the “good cop”.

  2. Omar Abdul-Hafez said,

    April 28, 2009 at 1:31 pm


    Damn it man..!

    I’m so sad that some three-headed flying idiot like this guy was chosen by Obama, but I’m not surprised though. Obama ain’t no angel, and I could never understand how some people believe he’ll be better than Bush, and I didn’t by that either..

    Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    He’ll do better, but the government is run by a lot more than one person (and party).

  3. aeshna23 said,

    April 28, 2009 at 7:37 pm


    Obama has been worst than Bush. He’s been utter disaster in terms of foreign policy: attacking our friends like Israel and defending our enemies. His economic policy contradicts what we know about economics: capitalism makes country wealthy and socialism increases poverty. The only thing the man has done right is rescind the evil Mexico City policy so that the United States can help organizations that provide abortions to third world women.

    Obama wants to release the Uighur muslims into the United States from Gitmo. When the Uighur muslims get around to conducting their Holy Jihad on American soil, it could backfire pretty badly.

    Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    At the moment, what I see is more American expansionism on foreign soil.

  4. Omar Abdul-Hafez said,

    April 28, 2009 at 9:36 pm


    Craig Mundie, senior VP at Microsoft, told the conference in São Paulo yesterday, the secret to success in software is “never show the source”.

    Wow, so that’s the secret why Windows is the world’s most amazing and most successful OS? —->> NOT!!

    Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    It’s the emperor, without clothes.

  5. Omar Abdul-Hafez said,

    April 29, 2009 at 9:36 am



    Quote: >>>Obama wants to release the Uighur muslims into the United States from Gitmo. When the Uighur muslims get around to conducting their Holy Jihad on American soil, it could backfire pretty badly. <<<

    Okay, excuse me, but I can’t accept this, because the truth is, I’m a Muslim myself. Plus, before talking about the “Jihad” thing, please go learn what the word exactly means, not by listening to Fox News or CNN, but by reading the correct interpretation of the word from the Arabic dictionary.

    Plus, isn’t that off-topic in the first place..?

What Else is New

  1. EPO Caricature: Battistelli's High Five

    Another cartoon about the sad state of the EPO

  2. Battistelli Ruins Not Only the EPO But Also the Whole of Europe By Ushering in Software Patents That Patent Trolls Love So Much

    Battistelli's bad leadership at the EPO threatens to bring to Europe all the ills and menaces of the patent system in the United States

  3. EPO Spokesman Lies to IP Watch in Order to Save Face and Save the King (Battistelli)

    Rewriting history (revisionism) regarding Battistelli and what was demanded amidst abusive behaviour from him

  4. Unitary Patent (UPC) is Dead, But 'Managing IP' and Selfish Patent Law Firms Still Try to Resurrect It

    The latest attempts to shore up the Unitary (or Unified) Patent Court and who's behind it other than the usual suspects

  5. Links 20/10/2016: Linux 4.10 Preview, ONF and ON.Labs to Merge

    Links for the day

  6. Battistelli-Commissioned PwC 'Study': The Raw Outcome Shows Distortion of the Facts at the EPO's Notorious 'Social Conference'

    Results of the Staff Survey carried out by PwC, in order to provide some propaganda for Battistelli's expensive Social Conference

  7. Addendum: EPO's Alberto Casado Cerviño, WIPO's Francis Gurry, and EUIPO's Archambeau

    Photos taken as part of an IP event which took place in Riga (Latvia) in March 2015

  8. Worrisome Connections Between EPO VP2 Alberto Casado Cerviño and Patricia García-Escudero Márquez

    Exploring the potential conflicts of interests implicating the EPO's Boards of Appeal Committee

  9. Site's Infrastructure Under Attack and Upgrades Ahead of Major New Publications

    Protections for the Web site have been improved and capacity increased in order to avoid or at least prepare for another week of abusive/spam traffic

  10. Team Battistelli's Conspiracy Theory: SUEPO is Behind Everything, EPO Management is Trying to Tell the Media

    Attempts to blame SUEPO, the staff union of the EPO, even though SUEPO has nothing to do with articles that are critical of the EPO while many thousands of EPO employees are disgruntled

  11. Links 19/10/2016: Canonical Livepatch Service, Plasma Plans

    Links for the day

  12. The 'Sarah Sharps' of Microsoft: Not the Kind of Scandal the Media Cares Enough to Write About

    Another example of the large (industrial) scale of sexual discrimination at Microsoft -- a company that tries to advertise itself as diverse or tolerant and stigmatise Free/Open Source software (FOSS) as intolerant and/or not diverse

  13. EPO Caricature: EQE Questions

    The latest EPO cartoon, this time about European qualifying examination (EQE)

  14. The Long History or Seeds of Control by Fear and Punishment at the EPO

    The latest hogwash from Team Battistelli (Pinocchio), the latest instance of software patents promotion by EPO Principal Director, and an old (decade-old) nugget of information from the Forum for Principal Directors

  15. Subject of the European Patent Office's Abuses Raised in European Parliament by Ulrike Müller (ALDE)

    A local copy of a bunch of questions asked less than a month ago by Ulrike Müller at the European Parliament, regarding the unacceptable state of affairs at the European Patent Office (EPO)

  16. French Article About the EPO "Crisis"

    Le Monde, which covered EPO suicides and nervous breakdowns a year and a half ago, revisits the subject

  17. Battistelli Wants Us to Believe a Patent Office in a Freefall (EPO) is “Stronger and More Sustainable”

    Still in denial (or self-deluding for self indulgence), Battistelli writes about the EPO as though everything is rosy and people are happy

  18. Leaked Documents Shed More Light on What Happened to Alison Brimelow and How Battistelli Rose to Power

    How Battistelli's (almost) all-male (and all-white, mostly French) management came into being, not too long after Ms Alison Brimelow got elbowed out the Office

  19. Leaked: Outcomes of 149th Administrative Council's Meeting at the European Patent Organisation

    The raw details or a summary thereof, based on the above which serves to confirm what we wrote about several days ago, right after the quarterly meeting had ended

  20. Danish Press Coverage of the European Patent Office and the Problems Explored by Techrights

    Jesper Kongstad does virtually nothing to deny the arguments (or "accusations") and instead alludes to the style of the writings about him

  21. Links 18/10/2016: Release Candidate of Leap 42.2, Looking Ahead at GTK4

    Links for the day

  22. Links 17/10/2016: JS Foundation, Ubuntu 17.04 Named ‘Zesty Zapus’

    Links for the day

  23. EPO Updates: Battistelli in Trouble, Grossenbacher and Battistelli Having a Fight, EPO Doubles Down on Željko Topić

    Interesting updates from the European Patent Office (EPO), where things have taken a turn for the worse for Battistelli while Željko Topić secures an extension of his notorious contract

  24. EPO Social Conference Another Example of Astronomical Waste of Money by Benoît Battistelli

    Having paid the media and attempted to scare/intimidate staff into silence (even among one another), Battistelli now pays some firms to lie for him and present the lies while staff representatives are blocked from entering the presentation

  25. As Expected, Benoît Battistelli Puts Longtime Ally Roland Grossenbacher on Top of Boards of Appeal

    Benoît Battistelli's predecessor Roland Grossenbacher, who has a track record of protection and support for Battistelli (no matter the magnitude of abuses), reportedly takes a key position with Battistelli's approval, debunking the notion that the appeal boards will enjoy greater (perceived) independence from the Office

  26. UPC Preparatory Committee Projects Optimism in an Effort to Salvage Its Dying Project, the Unitary/Unified Patent

    Refusing to let the UPC stay in its grave, Team UPC keeps digging up and dishing out UPC misinformation, in front of an audience that need not be preached to as it's already converted (effectively an echo chamber)

  27. Outline of Latest Press Coverage Regarding the European Patent Office (EPO)

    European media is beginning to cover scandals associated with the European Patent Office (EPO), in spite of Battistelli's attempt to silence and manipulate it, at the expense of millions of Euros per year

  28. Links 16/10/2016: Linux 4.9 RC1, Wine 1.9.21

    Links for the day

  29. Links 14/10/2016: 20th Birthday for KDE, Apache OpenOffice 4.1.3

    Links for the day

  30. EPO Administrative Council Meeting Turning Point - Part V: “Siegfried Bross as President of the Boards of Appeal!”

    Retired judge Siegfried Broß is jokingly named as the person who should head the independent Boards of Appeal that keep the Office in check


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