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Hey, Zonker (of Novell), Microsoft is “Evil” Too, You Know?

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WE HAVE always treated ZDNet with a fair deal of disdain (maybe even contempt) due to questions of ownerships and an army of Microsoft-friendly bloggers who project so-called 'Wintel' affinity. We alluded to some of this before (e.g. [1, 2]) and perhaps the gist of it would be that they give room -- in the form of actual blogs -- to Microsoft employees, Windows book writers, Microsoft analysts, and Linux bashers (sometimes in the form of trolling and provocation). We don't wish to name names or point any fingers, but here is one example.



Blogs are almost everything that ZDNet has got left after the bankruptcy of Ziff Davis, sometimes known as "Ziff/Gates". Much of the rest of the content -- actual articles that is -- gets imported from sister sites like CNET and from Reuters. So again, it's all about blogs.

Their "open source" blog has been run by a Windows user for years, their front page contains an obscene amount of Wintel articles and whitepapers, as do the advertisements, which makes perfect sense given financial roots (not complete though) in Microsoft. According to a Microsoft employee (unconfirmed and unverified identity), Microsoft also encourages its employees to leave feedback in that site, in the form of TalkBacks (rarely with any disclosure).

Anyway, leaving that old baggage aside, we already wrote about ZDNet's appointment of a Novell employee (Zonker), who is now running their "community" blog. Do not expect this man to criticise Microsoft much. Being a Novell employee, he gets a portion of his wage from Microsoft. He needs to be nice and polite to Mr. Softee, never mind the past.

This issue of Novell in the press was raised here before. It's part of the 'campaign' to paint a nice picture of Novell. Why else would Novell hire a media person like Zonker to become the community leader of OpenSUSE?

Sadly, bringing us to the actual news in this post, Zonker is not just avoiding criticism of Microsoft, which is threatening communities at this very moment. Instead, just a few days ago, he posted a provocative item under the title "Apple knows best? Don’t you believe it!" As we stated earlier today, Microsoft has many reasons to love such coverage. It need to portray Apple as "equally evil" in order to make Microsoft seem reasonable. So to summarise, what we see here is a Novell senior painting Apple -- not Microsoft -- as the bad guy. Novell employees sound more like Microsoft employees every day.

Also posted by Zonker shortly after the item on Apple was this about Google: "Google: Evil or just overworked?"

We wrote about this before. It's a bad headline. Should he not leave it to Microsoft to bug Apple and Google, with the potential of legal harassment?

Why does Zonker not write about the ways Microsoft is attacking communities, including the Free software community? Has he forgotten where he came from? Or are those cash infusions which Microsoft gives his new employers affecting his honesty and selection of topics?

Novell is a Microsoft partner in every sense of the word. That, for example, is why Novell even attacks Sun and OpenSolaris while treating Microsoft as though it's a cuddly parent [1, 2, 3]. We shall write more about this in the next post.

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