06.06.11

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Github is Gaining Based on Proprietary Data

Posted in Deception, FUD, GPL, Microsoft at 11:25 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: A real kick in FOSS, courtesy of Black Duck

TWO firms with Microsoft roots appear to have some information, but it might as well be FUD. “[G]ithub is NOT free software,” explained Tekk when I mentioned the following news in Identi.ca, “in fact it’s an example of why plain gplv3 is a bad idea” (Alexadre Oliva agreed). Basically here is a sample of the news:

The latter of these two is partly funded by Microsoft. Black Duck itself was founded by a Microsoft employee. It’s the same company which was good at taking and turning into proprietary open data from Palamida in an act of shameless ripoff, proceeding to also promote CodePlex after a Microosft deal (payment). Then we have firms like OpenLogic, headed by a Microsoft guy, continuing to discourage use of the GPL and injecting bias into the news with press releases and “advice”. These firms like to keep the actual data close to their chest (no opportunity for audit), telling trends based on what one client or another might prefer. Remember what Microsoft said…

“Analysts sell out – that’s their business model…”

Microsoft, internal document [PDF]

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  1. NotZed said,

    June 6, 2011 at 7:59 pm

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    The stats in the last article would be skewed toward the git software. It requires multiple forks rather than simple branching, so by definition will encourage extraneous commits, depending on how they’re counted. I was just submitting a couple of patches to some project and the developer asked me to create a fork on github – which is the last thing I want to do; have to maintain a fork.

    I wonder where all that Java ends up. The only stuff that seems to be included in fedora is server stuff, frameworks and xml parsers.

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