11.17.07

Gemini version available ♊︎

Reader’s Take on Microsoft’s, Open Source Strategy

Posted in Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux, Interview, Microsoft, Novell at 12:25 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

As further analysis of the Bill Hilf interview SundayRefugee submits:


From the Bill Hilf interview:

“That’s why when we do these partnerships we want to use, we want to partner with the people who are distributing the product that customers use…”

He nearly says ‘we want to use these distributors (of Linux)’, catches himself, and has to quickly rephrase it.

“We published a patent map, which shows, literally, we listed out every number and we listed out every category it fits in and we published that so everyone can see it, because everybody kept asking us, well, what are the patents? (Note: a Microsoft spokesman later clarified Hilf was referring to a categorized tally of possibly infringed patents published earlier this year in a Fortune article, not a detailed list of every specific patent, which Microsoft declined to provide to InformationWeek.)”

”…they’ve been purposefully vague in the hopes of scaring potential customers.“Of course they’ve done no such thing – they’ve been purposefully vague in the hopes of scaring potential customers. Either Microsoft’s “biggest brain” on Open Source A) is dramatically misinformed and utterly clueless about even the essential goings-on in even his own company, let alone the complicated Open Source landscape, or B) purposefully lying, with the only intent on FUDing Open Source and Linux, in the hopes he somehow won’t have his bluff called.

Thought you might want to catch that. There are several other great quoteworthy statements, but those are the two biggest that caught my eye. I wrote my replies as if I were addressing he average ‘boycott’ user.


Share in other sites/networks: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Reddit
  • email

Decor ᶃ Gemini Space

Below is a Web proxy. We recommend getting a Gemini client/browser.

Black/white/grey bullet button This post is also available in Gemini over at this address (requires a Gemini client/browser to open).

Decor ✐ Cross-references

Black/white/grey bullet button Pages that cross-reference this one, if any exist, are listed below or will be listed below over time.

Decor ▢ Respond and Discuss

Black/white/grey bullet button If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

A Single Comment

  1. SubSonica said,

    November 17, 2007 at 8:19 pm

    Gravatar

    I jus saw a couple of comments on Groklaw telling how Microsoft will fall:

    It sounds like Microsoft is having to play catch-up with Linux. At one time, everyone assumed that Microsoft would lead, and the rest of the industry would continue to follow. It’s not like that anymore. The world is passing them by, just like IBM when their mainframe leadership ceased to matter very much any more. Microsoft though doesn’t have the diversity and business depth that would let them adapt like IBM did.

    People in the technical end of the business realise this already. When that idea starts to filter over to the financial people, then it will have a serious blow to their stock price/earnings multiple. Microsoft’s main asset isn’t their software. Their main asset is the myth that they are indispensable.

    If their stock price falls, then Microsoft would look like a very inviting target for the financial piranhas. It would be a deal-maker’s dream come true. They would make a very nice take-over target. One of the really inviting targets is the pile of cash and short term investments they have. That would be the first thing to go – use it to pay off some of the loans used to finance the take over. The new owners could than make the company take on the rest of the loans used to take them over. They would give them a heavy debt, but they would have the cash flow to service it.

    There’s lots of things that can be done to cut costs to service the debt. Sell off the XBox division to one of the Korean or Taiwanese electronics companies. Close down Windows CE. Sell off the MSN/hotmail/web division to a media company. Shut down all the other money losing ventures (just about all the smaller divisions).

    That would just leave Windows and Office. Those are the businesses that pump out cash. More cash can definitely be squeezed out of those, at least for the short term. There’s lots of dead wood that could be laid off without affecting revenue. Prices could easily be raised, by at least 50%. The customers would pay. They’d have to pay, as too many of them can’t switch to something else too easily.

    When the short term profits start to look better, the Windows and Office divisions could be floated separately on the stock market to make them “pure play” investments. Investors generally pay a premium for pure plays versus conglomerates (which is what Microsoft is now). The take-over investors would sell out with a massive profit. It would be the biggest business deal ever.

    Eventually, under the continuous rounds of cost-cutting lay-offs, falling market share, and irreversible decline, Microsoft would end up like SCO. And no doubt, at that point some IP troll would buy up the remains in order to sue all the healthy businesses.

    [...]

    all of this makes a great deal of sense.
    Microsoft’s stock price has been stagnant for years. It has a large cash
    reserve. The only thing keeping it from being a very tempting takeover target
    is the killer question, does anyone own enough shares to stop such a takeover?

    The description of “after the takeover” is absolutely typical of the
    aftereffects of any hostile LBO. Use the surplus to pay down the debt incurred
    in the buyout; sell off the underperforming divisions, slash staff in the
    remaining divisions, and watch the $ roll in… until the market changes and the
    company, now unable to adapt because it hasn’t got the R&D anymore, becomes
    piranha bait.

DecorWhat Else is New


  1. Linux News or Marketing Platform?

    Ads everywhere: Phoronix puts them at the top, bottom, navigation bar, left, and right just to read some Microsoft junk (puff pieces about something that nobody other than Microsoft even uses); in addition there are pop-ups asking for consent to send visitors’ data to hundreds of data brokers



  2. Daily Links at Techrights Turn 15, Time to Give Them an Upgrade

    This year we have several 15-year anniversaries; one of them is Daily Links (it turned 15 earlier this week) and we've been working to improve these batches of links, making them a lot more extensive and somewhat better structured/clustered



  3. Back to Focusing on Unified Patent Court (UPC) Crimes and Illegal Patent Agenda, Including the EPO's

    The EPO's (European Patent Office, Europe's second-largest institution) violations of constitutions, laws and so on merit more coverage, seeing that what's left of the "media" not only fails to cover scandalous things but is actively cheering for criminals (in exchange for money)



  4. European Patent Office Staff Votes in Favour of Freedom of Association (97% of Voters in Support)

    The Central Staff Committee (CSC) at the EPO makes a strong case for António Campinos to stop breaking and law and actually start obeying court orders (he’s no better than Benoît Battistelli and he uses worse language already)



  5. Links 02/02/2023: Glibc 2.37 and Go 1.20

    Links for the day



  6. IRC Proceedings: Wednesday, February 01, 2023

    IRC logs for Wednesday, February 01, 2023



  7. Links 01/02/2023: Security Problems, Unrest, and More

    Links for the day



  8. Links 01/02/2023: Stables Kernels and Upcoming COSMIC From System76

    Links for the day



  9. IRC Proceedings: Tuesday, January 31, 2023

    IRC logs for Tuesday, January 31, 2023



  10. Links 31/01/2023: Catchup Again, Wayland in Xfce 4.20

    Links for the day



  11. Links 31/01/2023: elementary OS 7

    Links for the day



  12. Intimidation Against Nitrux Development Team Upsets the Community and Makes the Media Less Trustworthy

    Nitrux is being criticised for being “very unappealing”; but a look behind the scenes reveals an angry reviewer (habitual mouthpiece of the Linux Foundation and Linux foes) trying to intimidate Nitrux developers, who are unpaid volunteers rather than “corporate” developers



  13. Links 31/01/2023: GNOME 44 Wallpapers and Alpha

    Links for the day



  14. Free and Open Source Software Developers' European Meeting (FOSDEM) and KU Leuven Boosting Americans and Cancellers of the Father of Free Software

    The Free Software Foundation (FSF) and its founder, Richard M. Stallman (RMS), along with the SFLC one might add, have been under a siege by the trademark-abusing FSFE and SFC; Belgium helps legitimise the ‘fakes’



  15. Techrights in the Next 5 or 10 Years

    Now that I’m free from the shackles of a company (it deteriorated a lot after grabbing Gates Foundation money under an NDA) the site Techrights can flourish and become more active



  16. 60 Days of Articles About Sirius 'Open Source' and the Long Road Ahead

    The Sirius ‘Open Source’ series ended after 60 days (parts published every day except the day my SSD died completely and very suddenly); the video above explains what’s to come and what lessons can be learned from the 21-year collective experience (my wife and I; work periods combined) in a company that still claims, in vain, to be “Open Source”



  17. IRC Proceedings: Monday, January 30, 2023

    IRC logs for Monday, January 30, 2023



  18. Taking Techrights to the Next Level in 2023

    I've reached a state of "closure" when it comes to my employer (almost 12 years for me, 9+ years for my wife); expect Techrights to become more active than ever before and belatedly publish important articles, based on longstanding investigations that take a lot of effort



  19. The ISO Delusion: When the Employer Doesn’t Realise That Outsourcing Clients' Passwords to LassPass After Security Breaches Is a Terrible Idea

    The mentality or the general mindset at Sirius ‘Open Source’ was not compatible with that of security conscientiousness and it seemed abundantly clear that paper mills (e.g. ISO certification) cannot compensate for that



  20. Links 30/01/2023: Plasma Mobile 23.01 and GNU Taler 0.9.1

    Links for the day



  21. EPO Management Isn't Listening to Staff, It's Just Trying to Divide and Demoralise the Staff Instead

    “On 18 January 2023,” the staff representatives tell European Patent Office (EPO) colleagues, “the staff representation met with the administration in a Working Group on the project “Bringing Teams Together”. It was the first meeting since the departure of PD General Administration and the radical changes made to the project. We voiced the major concerns of staff, the organization chaos and unrest caused by the project among teams and made concrete proposals.”



  22. Links 30/01/2023: Coreboot 4.19 and Budgie 10.7

    Links for the day



  23. IRC Proceedings: Sunday, January 29, 2023

    IRC logs for Sunday, January 29, 2023



  24. [Meme] With Superheroes Like These...

    Ever since the new managers arrived the talent has fled the company that falsely credits itself with "Open Source"



  25. Not Tolerating Proprietary 'Bossware' in the Workplace (or at Home in Case of Work-From-Home)

    The company known as Sirius ‘Open Source’ generally rejected… Open Source. Today’s focus was the migration to Slack.



  26. The ISO Delusion: A Stack of Proprietary Junk (Slack) Failing Miserably

    When the company where I worked for nearly 12 years spoke of pragmatism it was merely making excuses to adopt proprietary software at the expense of already-working and functional Free software



  27. Debian 11 on My Main Rig: So Far Mostly OK, But Missing Some Software From Debian 10

    Distributions of GNU/Linux keep urging us to move to the latest, but is the latest always the greatest? On Friday my Debian 10 drive died, so I started moving to Debian 11 on a new drive and here's what that did to my life.



  28. Stigmatising GNU/Linux for Not Withstanding Hardware Failures

    Nowadays "the news" is polluted with a lot of GNU/Linux-hostile nonsense; like with patents, the signal-to-noise ratio is appalling and here we deal with a poor 'report' about "Linux servers" failing to work



  29. Microsofters Inside Sirius 'Open Source'

    Sirius ‘Open Source’ has been employing incompetent managers for years — a sentiment shared among colleagues by the way; today we examine some glaring examples with redacted communications to prove it



  30. Links 29/01/2023: GNOME 43.3 Fixes and Lots About Games

    Links for the day


RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channel: Come and chat with us in real time

Recent Posts