06.04.10

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Microsoft is Already Trying to Infiltrate Canadian Government Contracts by Pretending to be “Open”

Posted in America, Deception, Free/Libre Software, Microsoft at 5:46 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Canada — and Vancouver in particular — is being targeted by Microsoft’s impostors (the “we’re open” offensive)

EARLIER today we wrote about the good news from Quebec. One of our Canadian readers wrote about it to say: “Nobody ever got fired for buying Microsoft (just sued)”

That of course is a spin on the famous saying, “nobody gets fired for buying IBM (or Microsoft).” Some months ago we argued that nobody gets fired for avoiding Microsoft.

“After beating Microsoft in Quebec, software freedom supporters ought to be aware that Microsoft is faking in order to find its way into government contracts.”But anyway, one place in Canada which undergoes somewhat of a revolution is Vancouver, which puts emphasis on open data and Free/open source software. Bad news for Microsoft, right? Well, a few months back we showed that Microsoft began distorting words [1, 2] in order to enter Vancouver. It’s the same old routine where Microsoft just redefines terms like “standards” and “open source”

Microsoft Canada is currently pretending to be Open Source using a dishonest press release which was copied to other Web sites (but “Written by Microsoft Canada”).

After beating Microsoft in Quebec, software freedom supporters ought to be aware that Microsoft is faking in order to find its way into government contracts. It’s an old trick. If governments require document standards, for example, then Microsoft will corrupt ISO and turn its proprietary formats (with software patents) into something that it can call “open”, even if it’s just a tale of bribery and other forms of corruption.

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