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11.16.10

Claim: Out of Misery, Microsoft Booster Paul Thurrott Throws the Software Patents FUD at Linux/Android

Posted in FUD, GNU/Linux, Google, Microsoft, Patents at 1:52 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Washington’s (Microsoft state) FUD is being funneled through longtime Microsoft boosters like Paul Thurrott, who need to be stood corrected because they repeat and thus amplify the Big Lie regarding software patents

TODAY we are focusing on a lot of patent news, primarily Microsoft’s attacks on software freedom using software patents. We strive to be exhaustive in our coverage.

In somewhat separate news, Android FUD turns out to be arriving from Paul Thurrott, who has his share of critics for all sorts of reasons (also among the pro-Apple crowd). As Wikipedia puts it, “Paul Thurrott has been the target of criticism for some of his claims in his articles by several notable writers, including John Gruber of Daring Fireball[2][3], Daniel Eran Dilger of RoughlyDrafted Magazine[4][5], and Jim Ray[6].”

“I like to listen to Windows Weekly just for the crap that comes out of Paul Thurrott’s mouth.”
      –Anonymous
This is nothing personal against Thurrott, whom we merely use as an example to show how Microsoft boosters in general are assisting Microsoft’s racketeering [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7]. The pen is mighty and FUD is effective.

Here is a message from a reader/listener of ours, who sent us the following mail some days ago: “I’m just your average Joe Blow Who switched from Windows to Linux a couple of years ago, mainly because it was free so I thought why not try it. Since then though, after a lot of reading I’ve come to understand a lot more about the background issues. I like to listen to Windows Weekly just for the crap that comes out of Paul Thurrott’s mouth. He is sounding increasingly desperate in his promotion of Windows phone 7(last few episodes devoted entirely to windows phone). This quote from the latest episode #182 @ 32:50 for example. “wild west….I mean, crazy IP violation world of Android”

“I don’t think they realize how informed the average computer user is these days due to sites like yours. Keep up the great work @ techrights.org Great read.”

We thank this person (whose name we removed) for the kind feedback and ask others to please report to us similar incidents where Microsoft boosters spread the patent FUD against Linux. If challenged to back this with proof (which Microsoft is unwilling/unable to provide), they will probably stop.

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