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Ford and Microsoft Distort “Open Source”



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). ___ * 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.

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