01.04.09

Quick Mention: Big Microsoft Partner Devours Open Source Documentation Project (SWiK)

Posted in Free/Libre Software, Microsoft, Virtualisation at 11:30 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

EMC is Microsoft’s partner of the year for 2008 and it also caused a lot of trouble inside VMware (overthrowing its management), which it put in the hands of a former, abusive executive from Microsoft. It’s neither intended to advance Free software nor to promote GNU/Linux.

We are therefore apprehensive about discovering that EMC has just announced that it would acquire SourceLabs.

SourceLabs, an open source software support startup based in Seattle, has been sold to storage giant EMC for an undisclosed price, according to a source familiar with the deal.

For more analysis, see:

What might this acquisition be for?

“…[C]ut off Netscape’s air supply.”

Paul Maritz, Vice President, Microsoft (Now VMWare CEO)

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3 Comments

  1. The Mad Hatter said,

    January 4, 2009 at 12:13 pm

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    In that case it’s time to back up SWIK.NET, and to get ready to bring a duplicate online, just in case.

  2. Roy Schestowitz said,

    January 4, 2009 at 12:25 pm

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    There are some speculations about this, e.g.:

    “A VC backed exit just two days into 2009? Amazing! “

    http://www.techflash.com/venture/SourceLabs_operator_of_open_source_community_Swiknet_sold_to_EMC37015364.html

  3. Roy Schestowitz said,

    January 5, 2009 at 12:23 pm

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    From The Register (posted earlier today):

    An EMC spokesperson sent us this statement: “EMC has acquired some of the assets of SourceLabs and has hired a number of the company’s employees. SourceLabs continues to operate as a standalone business. SourceLabs’ acquired assets will operate within EMC’s Cloud Infrastructure Business.” There is no information available yet about which assets have been acquired.

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/01/05/emc_buying_sourcelabs/ :

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