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Gianugo Rabellino Helps the Attack on Software Freedom

Summary: Microsoft's Gianugo Rabellino joins the attempts to cheapen "Open Source" and portray the thug as a friend of the victim

Microsoft's participation in OSCON was tackled by our team over a week ago, but a couple of important links on the subject ought to be added here as these are self explanatory:



  1. Microsoft: Cloud need only be open surface, not open source
    Microsoft is more open — at least on the surface — and that’s all that matters in the cloud era, one company exec maintains.


  2. Microsoft Further Dilutes The Term Open Source, Coins Open Surface
    One of the reasons I prefer the term Free Software instead of Open Source is the way mega corporations like Microsoft have diluted the meaning of Open Source to suit their agenda.

    Now, Microsoft is coining yet another term to further confuse users -- Open Surface. Senior Director for Open Source Communities at Microsoft, Gianugo Rabellino, said at Oscon 2011 that "customer don't care about the underlying platform as long as the APIs, protocols and standards for the cloud are open." That's when he threw the term 'open surface'.


Microsoft: attack by entryism. They become their own 'opposition', therefore they win even if they lose. Rejecting Microsoft is defensive, it's not intolerant. The company filing patent lawsuits and secret blackmail operations is worse than intolerant; it's borderline criminal, but it wants the police (or antitrust regulators) to stay away, so it needs to be seen as a friend of the victim. Those who cooperate in this posturing are worse than passive; they are the opposite of peacemakers because they make aggression acceptable.

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