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Quote of the Day: What Microsoft Tries to Achieve by Invading OSI

You would think that of all people the OSI could see what is going on. Microsoft is never for the public good of the Open Source community. They have done the opposite. Always thumbing their noses, and calling Linux a wanna be. Putting the whole idea of Open Source as a insecure choice with no future.

The time has come for The open source community to be selective on whom they allow to join their licenses community. They have to realize that not all is roses when you have this type of business. You always have to be on guard, you always have to protect, you always have to fight for what you believe in. Let your guard up once and you let the scum in.

http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9028242&intsrc=news_ts_head

"And Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who once called Linux "a cancer," further fanned the flames last fall by declaring that because of the alleged infringement of the software vendor's intellectual property, "every Linux customer basically has an undisclosed balance-sheet liability."

Does this sound like a friend that is ready to embrace the Open Source community?

http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,135255-c,opensource/article.html

http://port25.technet.com/archive/2007/07/26/intelligent-design-the-osi-and-microsoft.aspx

http://www.builderau.com.au/news/soa/Linspire-loses-in-Microsoft-Linux-pact-legal-expert/0,339028227,339280414,00.htm

http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2157208,00.asp

Microsoft is only doing one thing here. They are protecting their own products. Keep your friends close, but keep your enemies even closer. If they can influence, then they have half a chance to bait and kill. The bait is the OSI Licenses the kill is Open Source.


This one particular comment comes from Digg which, sadly enough, has recently signed Microsoft as its advertiser (starting today). I left about 10,000 comments in that Web site, primarily attached to Free software- and Linux-related articles. I can already imagine those animated anti-Linux ads getting attached to each such Web page.

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