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

05.30.09

More Dirty Deals in Europe Involve Microsoft, Microsoft Lobbies

Posted in Deception, Europe, Finance, Fraud, IBM, Interoperability, Law, Microsoft at 8:43 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Police car

Summary: Microsoft Romania under scrutiny after blind government handouts; Microsoft-centric assault on EIF (European Interoperability Framework) revisited

A COUPLE of days ago we urged Free/open source businesses to legally challenge Microsoft contracts in their country. There is now legal precedence of some kind. It’s developing, still. Over in Romania, there are clear signs of wrongdoing and there is finally a press report about it.

The [Romanian] government has announced it will pay €300 million (£262 million) to a Romanian IT company for PCs and Microsoft software licences for use in education (see Google translation), while also directly paying Microsoft €100 million (£87 million) for software licences to be used in government agencies between 2010 and 2012 (see Google translation). The country is also paying €58 million (£50 million) this autumn for its existing 2004 to 2009 framework agreement.

The problem of contracts that are not tendered properly is rampant across Europe, and wastes public funds that could be better spent elsewhere, says Georg Greve, president of the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE). The Swiss government issuing a contract to Microsoft for £8 million a year, without a tender), and cases may be more extreme in Eastern Europe, he said.

“This decision of the Romanian government seems careless and endangers the country’s sustainable economic growth by increasing its dependency on proprietary software and by wasting funds that would have been better used elsewhere, for instance on infrastructure,” said Greve.

There should be legal action here.

In other news, regarding EIF 2, a reader shares with us the following story:

Someone was telling me that EIF 1.0 is not readily available from the main site. I’m not sure which main site they are talking about, but a series of searches shows that there can be some merit in bringing the strong points of interoperability back into the daylight. And point out the ongoing mischief that MSFTers are creating.

People have taken interoperability for granted now for a full generation. Since it goes without saying, no one needs to say it. If no on needs to say it, it goes unsaid. If there is no one saying it, then it is not represented and thus goes away…

Our reader added some very old material from the opponents of open standards, starting with this report which shows how EIF v2.0 is scrutinised by Microsoft's Gartner Group (as usual, Gartner promotes Microsoft and attacks its competition in exchange for money [1, 2, 3]).

There is also this report about what the opposition to open standards has to say. Again, it’s filled with Microsoft lobbies like Gartner and ACT:

The revision process started with the preparation and publication in May 2007 of the Gartner Report, a preparatory study ordered by the European Commission. That report has been analysed but not endorsed by the Commission and the member states who worked on a draft of the EIF new version, according to IDABC.

[...]

Jonathan Zuck, president of the Association for Competitive Technology, took a similar position, adding that the new version risks hurting small start-up companies that rely on intellectual property protection to compete in the marketplace.

Microsoft must have stifled the progress of EIF. Its hired guns, including ACT [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8], submitted suggestions that speak about software patents and all sorts of things that lead to confusion and thus dilemma. If EIF is slowed down, then their goal is achieved. IBM, on the other hand, was openly promoting EIF. There was hardly a word from Microsoft, which sent ACT, CompTIA [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6] and the BSA [1, 2, 3, 4] to derail this. We wrote about the blunder right here. Our reader calls it “saturate, diffuse, and confuse.”

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

3 Comments

  1. carsten said,

    May 30, 2009 at 11:03 am

    Gravatar

    Gartner is yesterday’s news. Let’s see what the EIF2 will look like when it is published.

  2. Needs Sunlight said,

    May 30, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Gravatar

    @carsten: “sit and wait” is an old tune right out of M$ psalm book. Fix EIF 2 now, before M$ makes a hash of it, and it will save hundreds of millions by preventing the need for expensive corrective action later.

    While you wait, the economy is tanking. While you wait, other projects built on EIF decisions will have a harder time re-tooling, if it becomes necessary. While you wait, MSFTers are seeding the road to recovery with nails.

    Do something. Edmund Burke said all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. Do not allow evil to progress further. Do not do sit by and do nothing while these ‘Softers work their mischief.

  3. Roy Schestowitz said,

    May 30, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Gravatar

    I agree with “Needs Sunlight”.

    Meanwhile I see that the Microsoft-sponsored Czech EU Presidency is serving Microsoft again. Previously we saw it fighting for software patents and helping OOXML and today I find it fighting Google.

What Else is New


  1. Alice Case Beats Microsoft Patent Troll, USPTO Director Michelle Lee Wants Reform

    Latest developments surrounding software patents and patent trolls in the United States



  2. Links 7/7/2015: Lenovo ThinkPad With GNU/Linux, More Containers Hype

    Links for the day



  3. There is No 'New Microsoft': Under Nadella, Patent Extortion Against Linux/Android Carries on

    Kyocera is again being targeted by Microsoft, using patent aggression, with a secret settlement being reached whose negative impact on Android remains to be seen



  4. Patent Propaganda, Glamourisation, and Erosion of Citizens' Rights in the Process

    An overview of recent coverage about patents, demonstrative of inherent bias in the world of patent practitioners and the journalists whom they misinform



  5. Corporate Media Should Stop Grooming Black Duck by Calling it 'Open Source' and Repeating Its Lies

    Black Duck uses gullible (or easy to manipulate) journalists to spread its marketing talking points, which grossly overstate risks of using Free software



  6. Links 6/7/2015: Linux 4.2-rc1, YotaPhone Picks Sailfish OS

    Links for the day



  7. Microsoft Windows Unsafe at Any Speed, by Design

    More timely reminders that Windows is simply not designed to be secure, irrespective of version, status of patching, etc.



  8. After Moonlight Dies and Even Microsoft Abandons Silverlight, the Abusive Monopolist Keeps Pushing for Other Microsoft Lock-in, Injecting OOXML Traps Into Free Software (Moodle)

    Despite a long history of Microsoft formats being proven guarantee of digital obsolescence, Moodle allows itself to become Microsoft prey and a Trojan horse for OOXML in classrooms (for children)



  9. Links 4/7/2015: Mostly (Geo)Political Catchup

    Links for the day



  10. Links 3/7/2015: KDE Applications 15.04.3, Ubuntu-Flavored Compute Stick

    Links for the day



  11. Patent Lawyers and Their Firms, Still Desperate to Protect the Status Quo, Manipulate the Media

    Patent lawyers are besieged by gradual tightening of patent scope and recklessly fight back (e.g. by saturating the media) to secure their revenue sources, derived from (and at the expense of) actual scientists and true market producers



  12. Amid Controversy, Political Scrutiny and Increased Media Pressure Željko Topić and Benoît Battistelli Allegedly Cancel Today's Trip to Zagreb (Croatia) Where Topić Faces Many Criminal Charges

    The Croatian press comments on the recent declaration from the Council of Europe and Topić's not-so-sterling status in his home country, where he is wanted for alleged crimes



  13. Microsoft Gradually Embraces, Extends, Extinguishes Linux Foundation as a Foundation of GNU/Linux

    By liaising with (or hijacking) existing members of the Linux Foundation, as well as by paying the Linux Foundation, Microsoft turns the Linux Foundation into somewhat of a Windows advocacy group



  14. Microsoft India Still Lobbies and Lies About Free Software in Order to Knock Down Policy That Favours Free Software

    Microsoft continues to bully Indian politicians who merely 'dare' to prefer software that India can modify, maintain, extend, audit, etc.



  15. Patent Lawyers and Corporate Media Nervous About New Patents Barrier/Reality (Less Patents on Software and Business Methods)

    The rich and the powerful, as well as their lawyers (whose job is to protect their money and power by means of government-enforced monopoly), carry on whining after the Alice case, in which many abstract patents were essentially ruled -- by extension -- invalid



  16. Translation of Pierre-Yves Le Borgn' Speech Against EPO Management and New Parliamentarian Interventions

    More political fire targeting the EPO's management, adding up to over 100 parliamentarians by now



  17. Links 2/7/2015: KDE Plasma 5.3.2, antiX 15

    Links for the day



  18. Links 1/7/2015: OpenDaylight Lithium, OpenMandriva Lx 2014.2

    Links for the day



  19. Munich Press, Münchner Merkur, Slams the Munich-based EPO

    Pressure on Benoît Battistelli to leave (or be fired) grows as the cronies whom he filled his office with have become a huge public embarrassment to the decades-old European Patent Office



  20. The Shameless Campaign to Paint/Portray Free Software as Inherently Insecure, Using Brands, Logos, and Excessive, Selective Press Coverage

    Some more FUD from firms such as Sonatype, which hope to make money by making people scared of Free/libre software



  21. National Insecurity and Blackmail, Courtesy of Microsoft

    British members of parliament (MPs) outsourced their communication to the number one PRISM company and they are paying the price for it; The US Navy's systems continue to be unbelievably insecure (Windows XP), despite access to the world's biggest nuclear arsenal



  22. Microsoft Keeps Shrinking

    As the era of shrink-wrapped software comes to an end so does Microsoft, whose effort to become a 'cloud' company with online operations has been miserable at best



  23. They 'R' Coming: More Microsoft Money for the Linux Foundation

    The problem with having Microsoft in a Linux Foundation initiative, the R Consortium



  24. Speculations About the EPO's Possible Role in DDOS Attacks

    Readers' views on who might be behind the attacks on this site amid confirmation that it's on the 'targets' list of the EPO



  25. Links 30/6/2015: Linux Mint 17.2, OpenMandriva

    Links for the day



  26. Techrights Confirmed as a Target of EPO Surveillance, With Help From Control Risks Group (CRG)

    Unveiling the cloak of secrecy from long-term surveillance by the European Patent Office (EPO) and a London-based mercenary it hired, bypassing the law



  27. Google's Fight to Keep APIs Free is Lost, Let's Hope Google Continues Fighting

    SCOTUS refuses to rule that APIs cannot be considered copyright-'protected', despite common sense and despite Java (which the case is about) being Free/libre software



  28. Patent Trolls in the Post-Alice World

    A round-up of news about patent trolls in the United States, some of whom are are doing well and some of them not as well



  29. DDOS Attacks Against Techrights

    Information about some of the most recent DDOS attacks against this Web site and the steps to be taken next



  30. The Patent System Not What it Used to be, Large Corporations and Patent Lawyers the Principal Beneficiaries

    A look at some recent patent stories and what can be deduced from them, based on statistics and trends


CoPilotCo

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

CoPilotCo

Recent Posts