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Microsoft Linux (SUSE) Developed More Closely With Microsoft

Posted in GNU/Linux, Kernel, Microsoft at 10:57 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Microsoft’s mischievous moves in Germany and how it has managed to intervene with the direction of Linux and FOSS

SOME of Novell’s developers have moved to Microsoft and the company known as SUSE seems to be serving as somewhat of a proxy, with Microsoft projects delivered via Novell or SUSE for the outside to be less suspicious. Watch this item is news:

Microsoft announced a new beta product at the Open Source Business Conference that integrates SUSE Manager with the Microsoft System Center data center management platform. The product will allow IT departments to manage Windows and Linux environments as one.

For those who are still in denial over Microsoft’s influence in SUSE ($100,000,000 aside), this is yet another piece of the puzzle.

Here is some of the other stuff SUSE is doing:

The future of the enterprise will most certainly include the cloud, and SUSE plans to remain a major player in this space.

Any thoughts that the Nürnberg-based Linux distribution vendor might be failing under the umbrella of its not-so-new owner Attachmate are pretty off the mark, if their plans for the cloud are any indication.

Not really. We gave some examples to show what happened internally, well inside the company.

Also in Germany, Microsoft does its usual thing:

Microsoft’s sponsorship of LinuxTag 2012 is very present both on their web-site and in physical form at the event. Microsoft was also widely advertised at LinuxNacht, their usual evening reception for the event, with table-top Microsoft tri-folds and their logo on the projected slides. On Thursday during LinuxTag, there was also a Microsoft session entitled “Microsoft and Open Source: An Update on the Journey.”

We wrote about Microsoft in LinuxTag before. See posts such as:

It’s part of Microsoft’s controlled opposition ambitions, which more Microsoft propaganda from Mary Jo Foley seeks to establish. The end goal is to send in moles like this one to speak on behalf of Microsoft, under the disguise of speaking for FOSS (the above infiltration helps when the mole gets ostracised). OSBC 2012 was also impacted by Microsoft and its spinoffs, as usual (see the list of sponsors in their Web site). They change the message at the events about “open source”. It’s happening by design, so do not underestimate the viciousness of Microsoft. “You want to infiltrate those,” Microsoft's chief evangelist once said, referring to the press and the opposition.

“I’ve killed at least two Mac conferences. [...] by injecting Microsoft content into the conference, the conference got shut down. The guy who ran it said, why am I doing this?”

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  1. Needs Sunlight said,

    May 27, 2012 at 11:53 am

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    You’d think that LinuxTag would be wiser and learn from the Mac conferences that got killed. Taking money from M$ diminishes the conference and its scope, does not expand them.

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    The organisers felt warm and fuzzy when Microsoft put money in the pot. Now that the water in the pot is boiling and LinuxTag regulars no longer register (pissed off by the preaching from Microsoft) the frog can no longer jump out. LinuxTag gets quite a bit of negative publicity (not just this year) due to this acceptance of Microsoft money. I see lots of this negative publicity outside of Techrights,

    See what Richard Stallman said:

    http://www.the-source.com/2010/08/rms-on-microsoft-sponsorship/

    “Accepting the money from Microsoft would, in itself, do not harm. But Microsoft typically demands a price for its sponsorship, a price that implies a change in the nature of the event.

    “The price might be, let someone from Microsoft give a speech. The price might be, don’t say that proprietary software is evil. The price might be, present Microsoft sponsorship in a way that inhibits you from denouncing Microsoft’s software as unethical.

    “One way or other, Microsoft wants us to stop saying the most important thing to say: “Proprietary software is an injustice and we want to help you escape from it.”

    “This issue does not arise for OSCON because that is an open source event. “Open source” is the term used by those who do not wish to take an ethical stand against proprietary software. OSCON did not need to sell out its principles in order to accept Microsoft’s money because it never had such principles. I heard that O’Reilly Associates distributes manuals with Digital Restrictions Management. which can only be read using nonfree software. I don’t know for certain if that is accurate, but it would not conflict with any principles ORA ever stated.”

    “OSCON is the sort of event Microsoft would like our community to have, one that avoids raising the issue of the injustice of proprietary software. If eLiberatica is to live up to its name, it must not take OSCON as a model.”

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