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

05.19.10

Stephen Walli is Back at Software Patents Aggressor Microsoft After Causing Damage to Software Freedom

Posted in Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux, GPL, Patents, Windows at 7:54 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Close-up of a mole

Summary: Microsoft’s “Open Source” mole is going back to Microsoft to become the CTO of CodePlex; Microsoft MVP Jason Hiner carries on with Microsoft boosting (without disclosure)

MICROSOFT employees rarely change their spots and they are not born this way, either. It’s a choice, it’s a neglect or rejection of ethics. Under the assumption that “making money” is “doing good”, that might as well be possible for these subjects to believe in what they do. A lot of ruthless people make money from other people’s misery/subjugation/ignorance and the profit does not make that acceptable.

In the previous post we gave the MindTouch CEO as an example supporting the contention that people who leave Microsoft are still serving Microsoft in one way or another. Their old friends and colleagues are still at Microsoft after all. Their history is full of it.

“At least one of our readers told us that he still worked for Microsoft just without the badge or the monthly pay check.”A few years ago we wrote about what Stephen Walli was doing after he had left Microsoft. It seemed like he was “schmoozing” [1, 2] the “Open Source” community (obviously he would not view it that way) and telling companies to avoid software freedom and instead gravitate towards “Open Source”, all while denying allegations that he was still tied to Microsoft’s interests.

At least one of our readers told us that he still worked for Microsoft just without the badge or the monthly pay check. Well, now we know.

Stephen Walli becomes Codeplex Foundation Technical Director

The Microsoft founded Codeplex Foundation, which describes its mission as “enabling the exchange of code and understanding among software companies and open source communities”, has appointed Stephen Walli as its Technical Director. He reports to executive director, Paula Hunter at the Foundation which appointed its board in March.

How long will Microsoft be unleashing its insidious ‘insiders’ onto “Open Source” to promote Microsoft, Mono, and other contaminations that bring the biggest enemy of "Open Source" (with massive PR effort to deny that it’s an enemy) right into the heart of its #1 competitor? “Microsoft’s faux FOSS foundation CodePlex has gained a new technical director,” writes our reader Satipera. Apparently he does know much about Walli and a lot of people will miss the context of this story.

Satipera has just identified Microsoft MVP Jason Hiner [1, 2] using the “green” PR tactics (greenwashing) to promote Microsoft in high-performance computing (where GNU/Linux is by far most dominant [1, 2]). Hiner published this in TechRepublic (as usual, without any disclosure) and “TechRepublic greenwashes Microsoft’s failed high end computing” is how Satipera summarised his article. Watch how he glorifies his beloved Microsoft:

I tip my hat to Microsoft for using its powers for good. The stuff that they are talking about with TCT involves changing high-end computing to make it simpler for scientists and engineers to access computing power and apps they need in a much faster, more powerful way in order to solve big problems.

Interestingly, it was only yesterday that we mentioned TechRepublic for its Novell/Microsoft promotion and presence of Microsoft boosters like Hiner.

What are people like Walli and Hiner promoting anyway? It’s a company that represents bullying and corruption in many people’s minds. Earlier today we wrote about the lawsuit against Salesforce and now we find some more coverage such as this:

Bogus is one way to describe Microsoft’s patent claims against Salesforce.com

[...]

I purposely did not read Microsoft’s description of the patents and Salesforce.com’s alleged violations from the 9-page patent infringement lawsuit. Instead, I looked over the actual patents, reading them as they are and looking at them in context of Salesforce.com’s business, as I understand it. I see huge PR value for Microsoft in filing this lawsuit, possibly inflicting damage against a successful competitor. The patent violations are sure to create FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) about Salesforce.com’s future business and may even cause some customers to look elsewhere — ah, like Microsoft. However, I see nothing among the nine patents, based on a careful non-lawyerly review, that remotely suggests Salesforce.com has grossly violated Microsoft intellectual property rights.

A lot of Microsoft’s patent claims are “bogus” and patent numbers are rarely brought up at all. It’s racketeering [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7], that’s what it is.

According to this recent article from LWN, “Steve Mutkoski of Microsoft [...] asserted that patented standards are entirely compatible with most open source licenses” (what a bunch of liars, whose party line CodePlex et al. are pushing).

What Microsoft means by “open source” is not the same as what others mean by it. Microsoft is trying to tame/change “Open Source”.

Here is what the ‘gentle’ Microsoft bully Ina Fried has to say (sent to us by a reader just moments ago): “The patents cover a variety of back-end and user interface features, ranging from one covering a “system and method for providing and displaying a Web page having an embedded menu” to another that covers a “method and system for stacking toolbars in a computer display.”

These are not innovations. That’s garbage and it applies to software.

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

2 Comments

  1. Agent_Smith said,

    May 19, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    Gravatar

    Hummm… Daniel Robbins(Gentoo) worked for M$… And Vinod Valloppillil too. I guess not everyone who works for M$ turns evil…

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    Robbins was there very briefly, he didn’t like it, and Gentoo didn’t trust him thereafter.

What Else is New


  1. Links 20/9/2014: GNOME 3.13.92, Android L

    Links for the day



  2. Scanning Patent Troll Implodes; Is the Podcasting Patent Troll Next?

    MPHJ loses and Personal Audio LLC perhaps wins for the last time since software patents are quickly losing legitimacy in the United States



  3. If CAFC is Not Above the Law, Then it Should be Shut Down Now

    A long series of abuses in CAFC may as well suggest that this court has become broken beyond repair



  4. The Latest From Microsoft Patent Trolls and Patent Partners

    Microsoft-linked and Linux-hostile trolls continue their relentless attacks (albeit with little or no success) while patents as a weapon lose their teeth owing to a Supreme Court ruling



  5. Microsoft Proves That Its Massive Layoffs Are Not About Nokia

    Microsoft is laying off a lot of employees who have nothing at all to do with Nokia



  6. Links 19/9/2014: Another Red Hat Acquisition, Netflix Dumps Microsoft Silverlight and Brings DRM to WWW

    Links for the day



  7. Links 18/9/2014: Windows Copying GNU/Linux, Germany Moves to Security

    Links for the day



  8. Web Site 'Patent Progress' Now Officially 'Powered by CCIA' (FRAND Proponent, Microsoft Front)

    After talking a job at CCIA, "Patent Progress" and its chief author should be treated as dubious on real patent progress



  9. Articles About the Death of Software Patents in the United States

    Recent coverage of software patents and their demise in their country of origin, where even proponents of software patents are giving up



  10. The Death of Software Patents is Already Killing Some Major Patent Trolls

    VirnetX seems to be the latest victim of the demise of software patents in the United States



  11. More Microsoft Layoffs

    More Microsoft layoffs go ahead as the company is unable to compete



  12. ODF on the Rise

    Milestones for OpenDocument Format (ODF) and the launch of FixMyDocuments



  13. Links 17/9/2014: CoreOS, ChromeOS, and systemd

    Links for the day



  14. Italy is Cracking Down on Microsoft's Monopoly Abuse While Gradually Moving to GNU/Linux

    Italy is not only moving to Free/Open Source software but also to GNU/Linux while at the same time barring Microsoft from forcibly tying Windows to new PCs



  15. OpenSUSE's 'Assurances' Are Classic MBA School Hogwash

    OpenSUSE is not part of any commitment, except for SUSE's; the impact of the Novell/SUSE acquisition casts uncertainty on the project's future



  16. Links 16/9/2014: Firefox OS Smartphones in Bangladesh, “Treasure Map” of the Internet

    Links for the day



  17. The United Kingdom Should Dump Microsoft For the Sake of National Security

    The UK has issues of Microsoft dependency and Windows viruses; its migration to Free software and GNU/Linux is not fast enough to guard its autonomy in the age of digital imperialism



  18. CBS Hires Even More Microsoft Staff to Cover Microsoft Matters

    CBS continues to be infested with Microsoft staff past and present (this time Dave Johnson) and the bias in output is quite revealing



  19. Microsoft Has Just Killed Minecraft for GNU/Linux and the Possibility of Free/Open Source Releases

    Persson sells out to Microsoft and lets the abusive monopolist destroy the popular cross-platform game that a community has been built around



  20. Another Reason to Boycott Intel UEFI

    More anti-competitive aspects are revealed inside UEFI, which helps merginalise GNU/Linux



  21. Quick Mention: Novell and SUSE Passed to Microsoft's 'Partner of the Year', Microsoft Focus

    Novell is changing hands again, and falling into the hands of even more Microsoft-friendly actors



  22. Links 16/9/2014: Linux 3.17 RC5, KDE Frameworks 5.2.0

    Links for the day



  23. Željko Topić, Benoît Battistelli, and the European Patent Office (EPO): Part II

    Part II of our look into the EPO appointment of Željko Topić and other matters showing the dubious integrity of the EPO



  24. Links 14/9/2014: Android-based Watches Earn Optimism

    Links for the day



  25. Links 14/9/2014: Eucalyptus Devoured

    Links for the day



  26. Links 11/9/2014: Linux Toilet Project, Linux-Based Wheelchair Project

    Links for the day



  27. Links 10/9/2014: Brian Stevens in Google, Ubuntu 14.10 Expectations

    Links for the day



  28. Links 9/9/2014: Hating/Loving Linux, Android Aplenty

    Links for the day



  29. Links 8/9/2014: Linux 3.17 RC 4, Switzerland Welcoming Snowden

    Links for the day



  30. Suspicion of High-Level Corruption at the European Patent Office (EPO): Part I

    The European Patent Office (EPO) Vice-President has a background of corruption and his appointment to the EPO too is believed to be reliant on systemic corruption


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