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05.16.13

Where Fear of FOSS Comes From

Posted in Free/Libre Software, FUD, Microsoft at 12:18 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: More Microsoft ties to some of the latest FUD about Free/Open Source software (FOSS)

THE OTHER day we wrote about how a company of a Microsoft veteran, OpenLogic, helped spread the familiar myth/propaganda that only FOSS has risk associated with its licences. The series of FUD continues under the banner of “FOSS Knowledge” (like “Get the Facts”) and another new article, this one citing Black Duck (Microsoft ties) and Univa [1, 2, 3], tells us that FOSS is “Eating the Software World”. The article ends with the following sentence: “The Univa report found that among users of Open Source, 75 percent have experienced some sort of problem. Businesses worry about the stability of Open Source software — whether there will be problems with how the software can be used. 25 percent of users said that they view the stability of the software as the biggest reason to pay for a support contract.”

This is FUD and several people in the FOSS world have already explained why those claims are bunk. But let the proprietary software companies just continue to tell us how the FOSS world works and embed their FUD in the media. That’s their business model.

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