Microsoft is Turning Eclipse Into Proprietary Software Tool by Sinking its Claws Into the Eclipse Foundation
“Embrace, extend, extinguish” (EEE) is what they call it…
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:
- Microsoft Tries to Use Eclipse for Microsoft Lock-in
- Microsoft Fractures Eclipse — Claim
- Will Eclipse Lose a Microsoft Apologist or Will the Apologist Drive Others Out?
- Microsoft Invades Eclipse and Java
- Microsoft Now Tries to Invade Eclipse, Apache (Updated)
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