03.08.16

Microsoft is Turning Eclipse Into Proprietary Software Tool by Sinking its Claws Into the Eclipse Foundation

Posted in Free/Libre Software, Microsoft at 12:01 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

“Embrace, extend, extinguish” (EEE) is what they call it…

Azure trap
EEEclipse?

Summary: Microsoft is spreading proprietary software and surveillance, extorting Linux with software patents and also contaminating FOSS frameworks, all in less than a single day

LESS than a day after the latest "loves Linux" nonsense we begin to see puff pieces, e.g. [1, 2, 3], which seem more like Microsoft advertisements than actual journalism. No critical thinking, no background/research, no fact-checking. Nothing. Just parroting Microsoft’s marketing/propaganda.

“Microsoft today announced that it is joining the Eclipse Foundation,” one ‘journalist’ wrote, “the open source group that’s probably best known for its Eclipse IDE, but which also offers a number of other developer tools.”

This is “embrace, extend, extinguish,” for reasons we already explained in the following past articles:

Eclipse is actually against software patents, which Microsoft uses against Linux even this week. What was the leadership of Eclipse thinking here? That Microsoft has changed? That there’s a ‘new’ Microsoft? No such thing, it’s all marketing/reputation laundering.

“I would love to see all open source innovation happen on top of Windows.”

Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO

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