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08.24.10

Microsoft: ‘We love [subverting the definition of] open source’

Posted in Deception, Free/Libre Software, Microsoft, Open XML, OpenDocument at 5:09 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

WAR IS PEACE, FREEDOM IS SLAVERY, and IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.

Summary: The latest spin from “OOXML Paoli” is an attempt to portray Microsoft as a friend of the very same phenomenon it has been attacking

MICROSOFT’S Jean Paoli is one son of a gun. The FFII calls him “OOXML Paoli” (the full message says “OOXML Paoli loves open source and interoperability [...] Interoperability via patent tax?”) because this man is largely responsible for the sham which is OOXML, Microsoft’s proprietary binary formats ‘dressed up’ so as to look open with the help of bribery and other forms of corruption all around the world. After the shameful display of brute power, Paoli does not shy away from the cameras, so to speak. A few weeks ago we showed how Paoli was still scamming and subverting the term “open” [1, 2, 3, 4], making the notion easier for Microsoft to digest and more confusing for many people to understand in the process (by redefining “openness” to mean just about anything, even when it’s proprietary and Windows-only). IDG is running some sort of Microsoft whitewash piece which quotes Paoli as saying (for Microsoft) “we love open source”. This nonsense has been pushed into the front page of Slashdot, so it’s worth rebutting rather than ignoring. Here is the punchline:

“We love open source,” says Jean Paoli of Microsoft in a recent interview with Network World.

Bradley Kuhn from the FSF and SFLC wrote in identi.ca: ‘Microsoft says “We love Open Source”,but not “software freedom”. MSFT still thinks sw freedom’s an unAmerican,cancerous virus.’ Nothing ever changed; Microsoft merely divided a once-more-adhesive community and corrupted the meaning of “Open Source”, as we showed many times before. Here is a very recent debunking. The video below hopefully helps explain why Microsoft pretends to be a friend of “open source”.


“There’s free software [gratis, dumpware] and then there’s open source… there is this thing called the GPL, which we disagree with.”

Bill Gates, April 2008

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5 Comments

  1. girts said,

    August 24, 2010 at 8:36 am

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    Why there is such problems? Answer is only one, because there are companies which only interested in money and which products are unsecure by design and they are patenting defective technologies!!!!

  2. girts said,

    August 24, 2010 at 8:39 am

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    They missed to say to old infected world that OOXML is defective by design!!!
    http://ooxmlisdefectivebydesign.blogspot.com/

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    But at least it’s “open” (well, it says so in the name).

    Other people can help fix it. [sarcasm]

    twitter Reply:

    Is a fix required yet? Despite periodic dumping and flurries of top down attacks by Microsoft, I have yet to see more than one or two of their nasty new docs in the wild. I’ve converted my entire workflow to ODF and get along just fine. It seems that there are so few people willing to spend $400 for a text editor that pushback has been successful against M$XML.

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    Except for SJVN + FFII joking at Microsoft over it today, there’s Pogson:

    The fouled the XML ISO process with pressure-tactics instead of technical arguments. They short-tracked a 6000-page specification. I used to work on a 90-page specification and we did not bother to short-track. What is the point of forcing a broken spec on the world? The efforts to eliminate competition never cease but they constantly change form.

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