Summary: How Microsoft managed to corner another company which distributes Linux and how it became known that Microsoft is funding lobbyists to attack Android, Linux, and all those things that are free/libre
THE PEOPLE of the United States (99%) are strongly against software patents, but Microsoft is strongly in favour and so are patent parasites who think that patents should be treated like products. Microsoft uses these to drive up the price of products, especially those where price points are crucial.
What products are most heavily affected?
“Florian is an imposter and just like Microsoft’s front group Association for Competitive Technology he pretends to be the opposite of what he is.”Not Microsoft’s. Microsoft found another victim for easy extortion of Linux and this was covered rather poorly in the corporate press. It neglects to remark on the fact that what Microsoft does is racketeering. This angle got suppressed over time. The Microsoft boosters ‘normalised it through repetition plus headline-jacking and Microsoft-funded lobbyists do the unthinkable by trying to make Google look like the villain and not quite commenting on Microsoft patent trolls attacking Android (instead, the Microsoft-funded lobbyists pretend that Google funds those trolls). The other day we wrote about the Intellectual Ventures antitrust-related letter of complaint. There is great anger over this lawsuit from Intellectual Ventures (IV) suing not only small companies but also extorting large companies. Don’t expect Microsoft lobbyists to comment on this.
The Microsoft-funded lobbyist Florian Müller. (who spams journalists to tweak the news) carries on with his usual disgusting behaviour of blaming Google for merely being a victim of litigation from Microsoft and its ilk. Microsoft uses excuses to pass him some bribes and it has become rather clear now that his Quanta deal raves are just “part of the package” (I lost another post that I wrote about it, but the anti-Linux rhetoric continues). Any journalist who still quotes this man in articles that involve Microsoft or Android should be told off for not stating that there is a conflict of interest and that Florian is really just a lobbyist pretending to be an “analyst” (among other masks). Florian is an imposter and just like Microsoft’s front group Association for Competitive Technology he pretends to be the opposite of what he is.
But getting back to the main point, Microsoft’s extortion continues, but there is just a PR/lobbying angle to it which we must be aware of. This short story is, our list of vendors to avoid will now include Quanta. We need to reward vendors who do not pay Microsoft. It’s the most effective action. █