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09.09.09

Gartner Group is Attacking Free Software, Again

Posted in Deception, Europe, Free/Libre Software, FUD, GNU/Linux, Microsoft at 4:53 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: The crusade against everything Free(dom) is still being waged by the Gartner Group

THE Gartner Group attacks migrations to Free software in Europe (much to Microsoft’s delight) and then also ignores successful migrations to GNU/Linux (lying by omission). Perhaps that’s because Free software is not a client of Gartner, unlike Microsoft [1, 2, 3].

There is more of the same right now and it’s coming from one of their employees (also fueled by a Microsoft MVP). The supposition is posed as a question, being a sign of trolling/provocation. They find some isolated cases to establish a generalisation. IDG did this recently in order to mock the GPL.

Gartner also attacks ODF with disinformation and promotes software patents [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]. According to this new report from Computer Weekly (UK), Gartner is actively discouraging adoption of MySQL.

The company took advice from analyst firm Gartner on the feasibility of using MySQL and chose open source companies that offer professional services to support their products.

About a year ago in the Indian press, Gartner spread the illusion that MySQL was scarcely adopted. It was a lie. A huge lie.

More on the Gartner Group:

“David Smith commented that Gartner will not bash MS if MS chooses to slip Vista.”

Jamin Spilzer, Microsoft

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7 Comments

  1. glen said,

    September 9, 2009 at 5:46 am

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    Any chance in decreasing your output to relevant quality stuff . Too many tenuous and repetitive articles .I have this on RSS and your starting to sound like a conspiracy theorist with a bad case of paranoia. There’s some stuff here thats good reading but I think you’ve become a bit too manic.
    “Deletes feed”

    wallclimber Reply:

    @glen,

    When a company doggedly persists in its (well documented) efforts to maintain and illegally extend its monopoly, by hook or by crook, worldwide, day after day, year after year, decade after decade, it would be foolish for those who see it to remain silent about it.

    You’re welcome to close your eyes and cover your ears and shut off the BN RSS feed, but the rest of us would rather do something about it. Shining a light on the dark side of Microsoft is essential to the task of stopping the bad behavior.

    The US DoJ apparently hasn’t the gumption to stop them, the EU tries, but there is only so much they can do. The only REAL solution left is for ordinary people to leave Microsoft’s shoddy products behind, in massive droves. I believe that well informed computer users will do exactly that once they see Microsoft’s goals and behavior brought into the light.

    I believe that because I’ve seen it happen many times. In fact, I’ve helped it happen, one friend, neighbor and family member at a time. Linux has a true grassroots popularity, and it’s growing steadily, year after year. It’s a grassroots movement the likes of which Microsoft can only pay a lot of money to try to emulate, but all they can muster up is a lot of soul-less astroturf.

    Perhaps the output of this website can decrease when Microsoft decreases the amount of bad behavior they exhibit.

    And, by the way, conspiracy theories require a considerable amount of imagination and fear to maintain. People who just want some Freedom of choice when it comes to the software that runs on their computers aren’t theorizing, they are documenting. There’s a difference. If that strikes fear into Microsoft, so be it. Personally, I don’t see that as a bad thing.

  2. JohnD said,

    September 10, 2009 at 7:07 am

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    Apparently that “Freedom of choice” doesn’t extend to using a combination of open and closed source software.

    Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    Right. Should we also protect the freedom to be chauvinistic for example?

    JohnD Reply:

    As a matter of fact, yes we should. I don’t agree with what the KKK spews forth, but I will defend their right to say it. If you don’t like what you hear – don’t listen. Tolerance of differing viewpoints is the essence of freedom.
    To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin: Those who would sacrifice freedom for security deserve neither.

    Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    Right. And the FSF, for instance, retains the right to criticise those whom it thinks are danger to freedom. There is no contradiction here, it’s just cyclical.

    JohnD Reply:

    There’s a big difference between stating that there are potential dangers with using Mono and trying to put out free software and advocating against it’s use altogether.

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