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03.12.13

Latest Microsoft Openwashing, Including ‘Future Of Open Source’ Survey From Proprietary Software Company With Microsoft Ties

Posted in Deception, Free/Libre Software, Microsoft at 4:42 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Once again, an overview of some gross PR which is intended to portray as open the company which is the biggest enemy of Open Source and libre software

The Microsoft ally/partner Black Duck has been using something called Future Of Open Source Survey to increase its influence over the collective voice of FOSS. This is still going on. Recently, Black Duck was openwashing Microsoft in a very gross way and years ago it brought in Ohloh, which is former Microsoft staff. “Ohloh Reveals Unique Insight into Organizations’ Commitments to Open Source Projects,” says a new headline, which is another stunt by Black Duck to promote its voice. Here is an example. The founder of the company is a Microsoft marketing man/Microsoft campaigner and his strategy sure pays off. Here is another new example of openwashing, this time with code samples for proprietary platform (C# and Visual Basic).

Paul Krill plays along with the Microsoft PR:

The company is expanding its participation in open source endeavors, no longer believes Linux is a ‘cancer’

Not true. Just look at what Microsoft is doing to Linux while it is also misusing the term “open” to mean nonsense. Here is some openwashing of proprietary Azure through something called “Open Data Center Alliance”, another nonsense entity.

It is important to bear in mind that there is a marketing or PR campaign going on to blur the difference between libre software and Microsoft. This is intentional. This needs to be stopped.

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