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

05.06.09

Why Did CNET Remove Microsoft’s Attack on Open Source?

Posted in Debian, Free/Libre Software, FUD, Microsoft at 3:37 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Amnesia or unfortunate accident?

Don't forget

Summary: CNET article on Microsoft’s open source FUD simply vanishes

SOMETHING must be working terribly wrong in CNET if it has selective memory. Balrog has just found this page, whose content was mostly deleted for unspecified reasons.

Microsoft exec calls open source a threat to innovation

A high-level Microsoft executive says that freely distributed software code could stifle innovation and that legislators need to understand the threat.

The story “Microsoft exec calls open source a threat to innovation” published February 15, 2001 at 11:00 AM is no longer available on CNET News.

The Web Archive does not have a copy of the full article, which was widely cited. Google finds nothing similar, either.

“Open source is an intellectual-property destroyer [...] I can’t imagine something that could be worse than this for the software business and the intellectual-property business. I’m an American; I believe in the American way, I worry if the government encourages open source, and I don’t think we’ve done enough education of policymakers to understand the threat.”

Jim Allchin, President of Platforms & Services Division at Microsoft

Reminder

More CNET:

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

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

8 Comments

  1. DiamondWakizashi said,

    May 6, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Gravatar

    I found part of that article here:

    “Microsoft exec calls open source a threat to innovation,” Bloomberg News, February 15, 2001, 11:00 a.m. PT

    One of Microsoft’s high-level executives says that freely distributed software code such as Linux could stifle innovation and that legislators need to understand the threat.

    The result will be the demise of both intellectual property rights and the incentive to spend on research and development, Microsoft Windows operating-system chief Jim Allchin said this week.

    Microsoft has told U.S. lawmakers of its concern while discussing protection of intellectual property rights . . .

    ”Open source is an intellectual-property destroyer,” Allchin said. ”I can’t imagine something that could be worse than this for the software business and the intellectual-property business.” . . .

    http://www.usdoj.gov/atr/cases/ms_tuncom/major/mtc-00028313.htm

    Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    Thanks.

    I’d preferably like to find the CNET article or rule out the possibility that they just relocated the article. I had some conversations with InfoWorld’s editor last week for similar reasons. ‘Amnesia’ is not always an accident; there are mischievous staff members.

  2. David Gerard said,

    May 7, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    Gravatar

    I’m seeing the cuts in Microsoft’s PR spend take effect. Their Slashdot astroturfers appear to be taking shifts – I had no comments from them for about three days, then several comments showed up in the past few hours. I can only assume they’re feeling the layoffs. Anyone else?

    Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    Microsoft did cut its PR budget. It was in the news in April. I was also told by a Slashdot admin that Microsoft hires agencies to game the site.

  3. Scott Mace said,

    May 7, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    Gravatar

    Roy, have you tried to approach CNet for comment on this?

    Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    I don’t know their editor. Who would be best to contact?

  4. Scott Mace said,

    May 8, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Gravatar

    Jai Singh was editor in chief in 2001, IIRC, but he’s retired. I can’t tell who the author of this story was, or I would ask him or her. Other CNet folks who covered this back in 2001 include Joe Wilcox and Stephen Shankland. Wilcox appears to have a Web site at http://www.joewilcox.com, but it’s down right now. Shankland is still a writer at CNet. You might ask him. There’s a link to email him at http://www.cnet.com/profile/Shankland/?tag=mncol;title.

    If I knew either Wilcox or Shankland personally, I’d ask them myself. I’ll be watching to see what you can find out!

    Scott

  5. Stephen Shankland said,

    May 11, 2009 at 9:39 am

    Gravatar

    The article in question was a wire-service report that we reprinted at CNET News. (I can’t remember offhand if it was from Reuters, Bloomberg, or AP.) We only have permission to show such articles for a limited time, typically 30 days if memory serves, after which you get the not terribly helpful “is no longer available on CNET News” page.

What Else is New


  1. Corporate Media: GNU/Linux Can Only Succeed If/When Microsoft Dominates Everything Inside It

    The corporate takeover (or handover) of GNU/Linux would not have been possible without complicity of corruptible (bribed) media



  2. Bill Gates Explains How Microsoft and Apple Leverage Software Patents in Their Cross-Licensing Deals (to Perpetuate Duopoly/Shared Monopoly)

    A look back at Apple's and Microsoft's use or misuse of bogus software patents in bargaining (in effect excluding those who have not amassed tens of thousands of patents)



  3. Standards and Choices

    GNU/Linux is a very standards-based platform; having lots of choices (e.g. distros to choose from) isn’t the principal problem — or nowhere near the extent sabotage and illegal tactics by Microsoft have been



  4. IBM's “Emb(RACE)” Campaign is an Insult to History and Historians

    IBM wishes to be seen as some heroic saviour and warrior for black girls; this requires serious if not torturous revisionism to be believed



  5. There Are Too Many Types of Cars...

    "Choice is malicious," say the antagonists



  6. Reversal of Narratives by Internet Trolls (Spinning Reaction to Their Trolling as 'Abuse')

    Organisations that engage in demonisation of people (typically those who expose the abuses of such organisations) somehow evade the standards of Codes of Conduct, as if Codes of Conduct are covertly designed not to protect individuals but to empower those who already have all the powers (or front for powerful people/corporations)



  7. Ongoing (Albeit Secret) Campaign of Patent Extortion Against GNU/Linux Distributions Using Software Patents, Even Expired Ones in Europe

    GNU/Linux distros attacked by software patents, even in Europe where no such patents are supposed to exist (or have any legal bearing)



  8. Links 19/10/2020: Linux 5.9-ck1/MuQSS, Linux Kodachi 7.3

    Links for the day



  9. Java's James Gosling is Wrong. Free Software Advocates Never Suggested or Insinuated That Money-Making Was Ethically Wrong.

    The honorable James Gosling mischaracterises the stance of Free software advocacy, portraying it like it is an issue of money rather than respect for users



  10. Maybe This is What Codes of Conduct Were Made for? Or to Prevent? (Updated)

    When people bemoan the abuse they receive from a so-called 'anti-harassment' team (covering up corporate corruption in a project by ousting people) this is the kind of thing they receive from colleagues or former colleagues



  11. Media Contradicts Itself, Redefines Proprietary Software as 'Open'... for Microsoft

    Proprietary GitHub is being spun as Microsoft going "open" (nothing could be further from the truth) in another EEE-type move with diffusion and confusion



  12. A Critic's Free Software Dictionary by figosdev

    Sarcastic take on often-spoken words in the domain of technology



  13. IRC Proceedings: Sunday, October 18, 2020

    IRC logs for Sunday, October 18, 2020



  14. Links 19/10/2020: OpenBSD 6.8, RapidDisk 7.0.0, Tails 4.11 Reviewed

    Links for the day



  15. The Different Types of Spammy 'Articles' and 'Reviews' Which Have Killed 'Professional Journalism' (Nowadays Mostly SPAM)

    The media has become so rogue that a lot of it is merely an extension of the marketing/PR industry; unless this is corrected, online publishers will fail to earn or maintain any degree of trust



  16. When the Software -- and by Extension Hardware and Network -- Controls the User...

    A distraction-free workflow is more likely to be attained using Free software than without it; in a world with information overload and 'surveillance capitalism' people need to carefully rethink what they do (or have done to them) digitally



  17. What the Linux Foundation Teaches People About GNU/Linux in LinuxFoundationX (edX) LFS101x “Introduction to Linux” [sic]

    Some annotated screenshots of preliminary sections of LFS101x, a 'course' designed to indoctrinate people for the Linux Foundation and the project is borrows its name from (but whose trademark it does not control)



  18. Shut Up and Learn to Maintain an Application Suite

    "Try and maintain a complex piece of software like a browser or an office suite, and then you'll understand."



  19. LinuxFoundationX (edX) LFS101x “Introduction to Linux” is More Linux Foundation Marketing and 'Linux' Revisionism Than Actual Training/Teaching

    The Linux Foundation makes a course about "Linux" partly about itself (the Linux Foundation, with top members like Microsoft and Oracle) and distorts the record with terms like "Open Source" and the pretense everything is "Linux" (even work that predates Linux itself)



  20. Microsoft Sheds Off Lots of Staff in This Autumn of COVID

    Microsoft is laying off more staff than we've estimated (even Azure staff) and the modus operandi disguises layoffs as mere departures (to make it seem wilful)



  21. [Meme] Microsoft's Calculator is Spyware

    The last thing GNU/Linux users need or want is yet another simple calculation tool, this one with Microsoft in control



  22. History's Lesson: Microsoft Now Does to GNU/Linux What It Did to Java (Creating 'Schism' to 'Wrest Control')

    We take a closer look at what Bill Gates admitted (under pressure, with 'smoking guns' to compel him into admission) regarding his rogue tactics



  23. When You Have to Use Windows for Something (Like Work) But You Really Don't Want Anything Proprietary or Microsoft-Controlled

    The situations/scenarios where GNU/Linux and BSD geeks need to 'touch' Windows for something (usually remotely) rapidly dwindle; those who are still using Windows on a laptop/desktop in 2020 are considered tech-illiterate or regarded as 'dinosaurs' (hence the dishonour meme above)



  24. Links 18/10/2020: Kodachi 7.3 and OpenBLAS 0.3.11

    Links for the day



  25. Surveillance in (and/or by) Free Software is a Growing Problem

    If Free software ceases to respect personal privacy (full control over one’s computing), does it still protect users’ freedom? That’s a question or an aspect not dealt with by the Four Freedoms — and one that’s worth entertaining as so-called ‘surveillance capitalism’ grows (data as currency, people as ‘products’ to be sold)



  26. Bill Gates Refers to His Business as “Jihad” and Accuses Java of Being a “Religion” With “Rabid” Supporters

    Peace disallowed by Bill Gates, as usual; to him, this is all just a religious war that strives to cull out and eliminate or convert the 'infidels' (those who reject his religion); the Bill Gates deposition tapes show his deep concerns and fear of Java APIs



  27. IRC Proceedings: Saturday, October 17, 2020

    IRC logs for Saturday, October 17, 2020



  28. [Meme] Openwashed (and Spying) 'Killer App' for GNU/Linux? A Basic Windows Calculator!

    There's no "Linux" news to cover more important and urgent than just another useless calculator (this one with notorious Microsoft telemetry) being ported to GNU/Linux



  29. Links 17/10/2020: No GNU/Linux for 10 Days, Google Coral Dev Board Runs Debian

    Links for the day



  30. Open-Sourcing the Investigation of Gates Deposition Tapes and Their Relationship to Current (Present) Affairs

    The so-called 'philanthropist' and 'giver' that the media tells us Bill Gates suddenly became (he has earned another ~$10,000,000,000 since the pandemic began) needs further exposing because, having raided the software world (monopoly by law-breaking), he now does the same in other domains


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