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01.10.10

Ford and Microsoft Distort “Open Source”

Posted in Audio/Video, Deception, Free/Libre Software, Marketing, Microsoft at 8:03 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: The product known as “SYNC” is fraudulently described as “open source” in some more gullible circles

THIS is an unimportant subject that was mentioned a couple of years ago. Basically, Ford and Microsoft have this project called “SYNC”, which they wrongly describe as “open source” or “open-source” even though it’s proprietary and it comes from companies with a vicious, predatory history. They are faking and thus cheapening the term “open source”, which harms Open Source as a whole (Novell is doing that too).

Let is be stated that “SYNC” — like Zune — is Microsoft project for DRM-laden PMPs. There is no reason, for example, why Dana Blankenhorn (last mentioned a couple of days ago) should write about it under the headline “Open source in your car or an open source car”

Is the following the sole characteristic of “open source”?

The folks at Ford, which alone among America’s automakers avoided the hand of government during the Great Recession, are out with a release describing what has happened since they began the process of opening the Application Program Interface (API) of their SYNC program to outside developers last year.

Back in 2008 we published the post titled: “Microsoft Tries Casting “Open Source” as “Open APIs”

We addressed this subject again 2 months ago, under: “O’Reilly Does Not Know What Open Means (Let Alone Free)

We realise that “SYNC” sponsors FLOSS Weekly at the moment* — it’s a product which the host promotes to keep the show going, always without saying the “M” word (Microsoft). To his credit, he never really describes the thing as “open source” (because it’s not).
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* Yes, it’s rather ironic that a show on FLOSS accepts sponsorship from proprietary software vendors that vilify FLOSS and promotes those proprietary software products. But still, it’s a good show.

01.05.10

Nice New Feature in Google’s Linux Phone (VIdeo)

Posted in Audio/Video, GNU/Linux, Google, Kernel, Videos at 10:15 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: A look at voice recognition in Google’s new Android (Linux) phone


Direct link

11.25.09

Novell Ignored Staff’s Own Advice Before Selling Out to Microsoft

Posted in Audio/Video, Deals, GNU/Linux, Interview, Microsoft, Novell, Patents at 8:37 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Jeremy Allison

Summary: An excellent new audiocast covers lesser known facts about Novell’s deal with Microsoft

JEREMY Allison, whom we interviewed shortly after he had left Novell in protest, has just done a session with the SFLC where he talks about events predating the Microsoft deal. According to the audio (playable below), Allison was sent an early copy of Novell’s deal with Microsoft, which he said was like passing a crayon over section 7 of the GPL (v2). Allison resisted it, but the lawyers ignored his feedback anyway and requested deletion of the trail.

Here is the original page, which includes in its index:

* Jeremy discussed that he resigned from Novell in protest over the Microsoft/Novell deal. (19:33)

The main new item there is Novell’s treatment of antagonism. The legal team patronised an expert advice, so what was it sharing a draft for? A pursuit for endorsement and “yes men”? Based on the bogus survey, that is a possibility.

11.13.09

Microsoft’s Slog Becomes a Song

Posted in Audio/Video, Microsoft at 5:13 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Microsoft dirty tactics

Summary: Microsoft’s illegal strategy now in audio

A Boycott Novell regular, Marti van Lin, has created the following track whose lyrics are Microsoft evangelism documents, as he describes in his blog. The track is playable below (requires browser support for the <audio> element).

11.11.09

IDG OpenMic Should be Renamed OpenMicrosoft

Posted in Audio/Video, Deception, Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux, Marketing, Microsoft, Mono, Novell at 4:03 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Open Microsoft with Zonker

Summary: A show called “OpenMic” has literally nothing but Novell employees in it, even members of the board of Microsoft CodePlex (Novell’s de Icaza)

TO Novell, Zonker was a wage well invested. As we pointed out before, he uses IDG to boost SUSE. He exclusively invites Novell employees (i.e. colleagues) to be guests there, essentially talking to one another under the “Open” banner. We showed this in two prior posts, namely:

  1. IDG Gives Novell a Podium, Zonker Denouncements Come
  2. Novell Uses IDG to Promote Mono

Here is the latest example* where Zonker describes his guest as “openSUSE booster and GNOME board member” but not as a Novell employee. According to this, he joined Novell last year.

Still, I’m excited because a whole new era opens for me. Starting tomorrow, I’ll be working at Novell with some heroes like Federico, Rodrigo or JP. The reason I’m excited is that this job is about GNOME (upstream and in openSUSE) and this will allow me to stay involved in the project instead of disappearing in some black hole. Pretty good stuff, if you ask me. And it will be quite a big change from the academic life I had before!

This is yet another great example of Novell boosters in the press, including GNU/Linux news sites. Zonker serves his role as a PR rep, pushing Novell and SUSE into publications and giving them visibility. He does not even make it hard to see. That’s his job. Here is a guest post by Novell’s Zonker (Joe Brockmeier) from just a few days ago; it’s all about boosting in social media. In the case above, Novell employees are treated as representatives of Free/open source software, which they are not.

Speaking of misrepresentations, Our reader Goblin says that he is “[f]ed up with sites claiming one person represents the views of everyone. Check out my reply to this article that suggests I speak for the open source community in respect of Codeplex.”

Just like you to make a correct to this article of yours.

I do not represent the FOSS community, I represent my own views/opinions.

Please do not also suggest that just because its Microsoft, the open source community will be against it. (although who can blame people for being dubious when Ballmer makes comments about cancer in respect of it)

I am not critical of Apple or Google and they are both large firms (since its also suggested FOSS supporters hate large business) The reason why Im critical of Microsoft products is because I was burned by them AND FOR ME they are not fit for purpose. I cannot say the same about Apple or Google.

Just like I wouldn’t say this site represents those who support proprietary “expeditions” into the world of FOSS, please do not seek to generalize me or anyone else merely because our choices in software differ from yours.

NOTE: Incase you decide not to print this a screengrab has been taken.

Regards
Goblin.

Is it not funny that IDG lets Novell become a spokesman for the “open source” community and also allows the host to bring only people from Novell (conflict of interests), including Mono boosters?
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* Third time in a row that he brings over Novell employees, three out of three overall.

10.16.09

Boycott Novell on TWiT TV (as Ogg)

Posted in Audio/Video, Boycott Novell, Videos at 4:23 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: That’s me interrogated by Jono Bacon


Direct link (MP4) (or MP3)

For perspective, also see this feedback. I was very uncomfortable on this show, and it probably shows. I knew it would be rather hostile.

08.15.09

Microsoft Unable to Spread Through Gadgets

Posted in Audio/Video, Microsoft, Windows at 6:20 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

PDA

Summary: Zune and Windows Mobile are both still failing, as indicated by reports

THE CNN carries this report in its wires, under the headline “Microsoft’s Zune HD Could Be Too Little, Too Late”

As we pointed out before, the Zune may not survive.

The company will be hoping to jump-start lackluster entertainment sales through Zune HD, among other things. Revenue from the company’s entertainment and devices unit, which makes Zune and Xbox, fell by 25% in the company’s fiscal fourth quarter, ending June 30.

Roughly Drafted offers this explanation of the tough situation Zune is in because it is so closed and scarce.

The bottom line: Microsoft knows there’s no real money in Zune software and doesn’t want to invest its resources (the company has plenty of cash) in developing low value software. The problem: mobile developers have no incentive to leave the iPhone App Store in order to support the Zune HD, and consumers have little reason to buy the Zune HD without any software.

According to some new numbers — even from a source favourable to Microsoft — Microsoft carries on falling in mobile phones too.

Onwards and upwards for smartphones and their apps

[...]

As for the latter, Gartner notes that Microsoft’s share continued to drop year-on-year to account for 9 percent of the market.

Microsoft is now leaning on Nokia/Symbian (a market leader) for some morsels of impact in this highly strategic area.

Microsoft And Nokia Need Deal To Remain Relevant To Mobile Business Market

[...]

Microsoft, whose Windows Mobile is currently in third or fourth place and slipping in the mobile market, knows it needs to expand that share in order to increase the revenue of its Office and Exchange products. And that can only be done by offering complete functionality of its applications on multiple platforms to remain relevant in the mobile world in the face of the popularity of BlackBerry devices, Gold wrote.

Linux was built to fit computers large and small alike (granularity indifference), so its future in this area looks very promising. Windows, on the other hand, was branched or even forked to facilitate mobile devices. Lack of modularity doomed Microsoft and not even familiarity with the Windows metaphors enabled the monopolist to gain significant share. Microsoft is now relying on other parts of the ‘stack’ such as Office.

01.10.09

Do-No-Evil Saturday – Part II: Very Little About SUSE and Turbolinux

Posted in Audio/Video, Interview, Novell, Servers, SLES/SLED, Turbolinux at 4:46 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

SUSE (SLES/SLED)

FOR NOVELL’S SUSE Linux side, the past week has been a quiet one if the trade press is any indication. Among the little that existed there was this eWeek article (LinuxDevices) about the H-P Mini 2140 with SLED 10.

HP announced a netbook targeting “business applications” and “instructional use,” and available with SUSE Linux. The HP Mini 2140 features a 10.1 screen up to 1366 x 768 pixels, Atom N270 processor, 160GB hard disk drive or 80GB SSD (solid state drive), plus an ExpressCard/54 slot.

This miniature notebook received a score of 8.6 out of 10 from a Web site which rarely covers GNU/Linux.

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