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

05.08.10

Novell: Making IT Work As One Microsoft Way

Posted in Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Mono, Novell, SCO, Windows at 4:31 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: Some of the latest of Microsoft’s dishonest encroachments and how Novell participates in this

OVER THE NEXT couple of days we will uncover more of Microsoft’s reputation laundering that uses Gates’ new business ventures and Microsoft’s charm offences against “Open Source” as the core PR strategy. It’s the usual storyline… you know, excusing criminals and pretending they have changed their ways. History has many examples. Those who pay attention understand that Microsoft is as aggressive as ever (if not more than before [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7]).

“It is the logical compliment that Microsoft Apologists will never mention: if Microsoft should be accepted when they participate on Open Source terms, then they should be rejected when they do not.”
      –Jason, The Source
The other day we wrote about a disappointing perspective from 451 CAOS Theory (whom Microsoft might be paying, but the 451 Group refuses to disclose such information. Yes, it’s ironic for an open source-focused firm to resist transparency through disclosure). Anyway, The Source has responded to that same perspective by writing: “Yet another pro-Microsoft article from the “open source” people over at 451 CAOS Theory.

“Remove the ever-present Microsoft apologetics though and there is a nugget of truth there: So long as Microsoft participates 100% on Open Source’s terms, good on them. They don’t get any special appreciation for doing so – because a) it’s the right thing to do, and I never understood praising people simply for doing the right thing, and b) they have a Karma Deficit bigger than Greece to pay off.

“It is the logical compliment that Microsoft Apologists will never mention: if Microsoft should be accepted when they participate on Open Source terms, then they should be rejected when they do not. So stop apologizing for them when they take half-measures, what ever the reason. Thank you.

“If you want to heap praise on them for doing the right thing – go ahead. I think that just goes to reinforce low expectations, but YMMV.”

“Microsoft is already embracing to exploit GNU/Linux through projects like Mono and Moonlight.”We have become accustomed to this. More CodePlex boosting from Microsoft blogs continues to arrive (they promote proprietary software by tying “Open Source” applications to it). It’s all about advancing Microsoft’s interests, which are interests that are shared among its boosters (they receive small rewards for it).

The Microsoft booster David Worthington does something similar at the moment by giving publicity to Hadoop with .NET, IIS, and Windows (let’s remember that Microsoft hijacked Yahoo!, so it’s only natural to exploit Hadoop too).

Microsoft is already embracing to exploit GNU/Linux through projects like Mono and Moonlight. Jamie from ZDNet UK votes “No” to Mono.

Removing Mono from Ubuntu 10.04

One of the most controversial entities (for lack of a better word) in the Linux world today is Mono. I won’t go into a lot of detail here, because I would prefer to avoid yet another shouting match about it – there are plenty of those around, if you care to take part in one. What I will do here is simply present the command necessary to purge Mono and anything that depends on it from the Ubuntu Lucid Lynx distribution.

[...]

If you are interested in why one might want to banish Mono, one place to look would be the Mono-Nono web site.

Jamie mentioned Banshee, which has a new release that’s announced somewhere among the “Planet”-syndicated posts of SUSE. Yes, there are C# blogs in there, not just Mono ones. Frankly, this should not be viewed as bizarre because it has gone on for quite a few years. Ross Chevalier, one of Novell’s executives, writes in his blog the post “Getting Ready for Microsoft Office 2010″ (using it to market Novell products, just like they do with Windows releases such as Vista 7). Microsoft MVP (and Novell VP) Miguel de Icaza writes about MonoDevelop (main post for this week) and his colleague from Microsoft (Nat Friedman temporarily worked there) is still involved with SUSE, even after leaving Novell.

On the SUSE Studio team, we had a “level playing field” rule for our weekly meetings.

Based on the latest update from Groklaw, Novell is still useful for something. It has some more work to do against SCO.

SCO has filed its monthly operating reports for March. This is the month they did the deal with Ralph Yarro, so we find out what they did first with that loan money. Pay themselves, of course, and their lawyers. And one of their experts.

Isn’t it funny that Novell is fighting in court against a company that was funded by Microsoft, which is supposed to be Novell’s partner?

“…Microsoft wished to promote SCO and its pending lawsuit against IBM and the Linux operating system. But Microsoft did not want to be seen as attacking IBM or Linux.”

Larry Goldfarb, BayStar, key investor in SCO approached by Microsoft

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

What Else is New


  1. New Optimism in the Age of Doubt Over Software Patents

    As the tide turns against software patents, even in their country of origin, their opponents come out of the woodwork to celebrate



  2. Links 28/7/2014: New Linux RC, Plasma 5 Live in Kubuntu

    Links for the day



  3. Links 27/7/2014: KDE 4.14 Beta 3, KDE 4.14 Beta 3 Released

    Links for the day



  4. Apple and Microsoft Are Proprietary Software Companies and the Media Should Stop Openwashing Them

    New examples where proprietary software giants are characterised as FOSS-embracing and FOSS-friendly by gullible or dishonest 'journalists'



  5. Bloomberg's Microsoft Propaganda

    Bloomberg delivers 'damage control' and PR ahead of the layoffs announcement; Microsoft uses Nokia to hide it and Bloomberg helps Microsoft by radically modifying headlines



  6. Frequency of Browser Back Doors in Microsoft Windows is Doubling

    The vulnerabilities which Microsoft tells the NSA about (before these are patched) are significantly growing in terms of their numbers



  7. FUD Entities Entering the FOSS World

    Symantec enters the AllSeen Alliance and Sonatype is once again trying to claim great insecurity in FOSS due to software licensing



  8. Groklaw Back in the Wake of ODF in the UK?





  9. Links 26/7/2014: New Wine, Chromebooks Strong Sales

    Links for the day



  10. Links 25/7/2014: GOG With GNU/Linux, Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS

    Links for the day



  11. Links 24/7/2014: Oracle Linux 7; Fedora Delays

    Links for the day



  12. Valerie Strauss Explains Why Gates Foundation's Lobbying for 'Common Core' (Privatisation) is a Swindle That Makes Microsoft Richer

    Continued criticism of the Gates Foundation's lobbying and masquerading, with more journalists brave enough to highlight the corruption



  13. USPTO Officially Sets New Guidelines to Limit Scope of Software Patents in the United States

    Even patent lawyers finally acknowledge that the incentive to file software patent applications has been reduced, as the scope of patents on software has been noticeably narrowed and they are harder to acquire, let alone enforce in a courtroom



  14. UK Government Adopts OpenDocument Format (ODF) and Microsoft Already Attacks the Government Over It, Showing Absolutely No Commitment to Open Standards

    Only "Microsoft as the standard" is the 'standard' Microsoft is willing to accept, as its response to the Cabinet Office's judgment reveals



  15. Microsoft Layoffs of 2014

    Another quick look at Microsoft's horrible state of affairs and why it has virtually nothing to do with Nokia



  16. Links 22/7/2014: Linux 3.16 RC 6, New UberStudent

    Links for the day



  17. Links 20/7/2014: Jolla in India, Mega Censored in Italy

    Links for the day



  18. Longtime Mono Booster Joins Microsoft-linked Xamarin

    Jo Shields almost joins Microsoft, settling instead for its proxy, Xamarin



  19. Linux Foundation Welcomes Patent Aggressor Red Bend Software

    The Linux Foundation's AllSeen Alliance welcomes as a member a company that uses software patents to sue Free/Open Source software



  20. Matt Levy From Patent Progress (and CCIA) Does Not Really Want Patent Progress

    Matthew ('Matt') Levy moved into a foe of patent progress last year, but he still runs a site calls Patent Progress, in which he diverts all attention to patent trolls (as large corporations such as Microsoft like to do)



  21. Attacking FOSS by Ignoring/Overlooking Issues With Proprietary Software

    The biasing strategy which continues to be used to demonise Free/Open Source software (FOSS) along with some new examples



  22. Links 19/7/2014: CRUX 3.1 is Out, CyanogenMod Competes With Google Now

    Links for the day



  23. Microsoft's Massive Layoffs Go Far Beyond Nokia; Nokia's Android Phones Axed by Microsoft's Elop

    Microsoft's rapid demise and permanent exit from Nokia's last remaining Linux platform (after Microsoft had killed two more)



  24. Patents on Software Already Being Invalidated in Courts Owing to SCOTUS Ruling on 'Abstract' Patents

    The Federal Circuit Appeals Court has just "invalidated a software patent for being overly abstract," says a patents expert



  25. OpenSUSE 'Community' is Crumbling, AttachMSFT Killed SUSE's Potential (Except as Microsoft Tax)

    Not much too see in the land of SUSE and Attachmate, or formerly the company known as Novell



  26. Links 18/7/2014: Slackware Turns 21, Spotify Switches to Ubuntu

    Links for the day



  27. Links 16/7/2014: Manjaro 0.8.10 Third Update, SIA Migrates to Red Hat

    Links for the day



  28. Microsoft's Latest Round of Massive/Bulk/Large-scale Layoffs

    Microsoft boosters are preparing 'damage control' pieces ahead of massive layoffs at Microsoft



  29. Secrecy Allows British Government to be Manipulated by Microsoft for Spyware Behind Closed Doors

    Dependence on malicious software from NSA ally Microsoft is highly dependent, at least in Britain, on government secrecy and vain refusal to comply with Freedom of Information (FOI) requests



  30. Software Patent Applications Already Being Rejected in the US Owing to SCOTUS Ruling, Some Patent Lawyers Are Fuming

    Good news on the software patents front as the USPTO starts rejecting software patent applications, based on patent lawyers' words


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