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Quotable: Why Microsoft is Just a Standard Open Source Scam

Open source? Microsoft?!?! Yes, indeedy... as long as it's all about Microsoft and all about its proprietary software stack -- from an operating system (Windows) to databases and to proprietary file formats like OOXML and XAML.

We recently commented on Microsoft's latest scheme in the Philippines [1, 2]. Our criticism is being echoed by everyone who comments in Linux Today. Here is an example:





"The ISV program is open to all developers that have demonstrated worthy open-source projects. Our goal is to help them expand our market," [Microsoft's] Dela Cruz said.

There you go Mr. Dela Cruz. Fixed that for you.



Remember that, from Microsoft's point of view, open source is all about paying Microsoft [1, 2], making it reside atop a non-Free stack that would secure and amass fortunes to Microsoft.

Here is another comment on why interoperability should be easy.

Start by using open standards and then everyone will be able to inter-operate. Stop spreading all the FUD and last of all rewrite your buggy 25 year old operating system.


Interoperability is a no-brainer if one obeys open standards. But "interoperability" is a propaganda word, which Microsoft spreads in order to confuse people.

Also related to this, watch what Glyn Moody writes in Linux Journal:

I would like to suggest that the free software world should start looking at things from a different perspective – not how many percentage points GNU/Linux gains on the desktop, but how many Microsoft is losing to *all* of the alternatives to Windows. Free software has nothing to fear from a heterogeneous environment – indeed, mixing technologies almost forces open standards upon manufacturers if they want to provide full interoperability.


As a reminder of why OOXML is to be shunned and buried, watch the latest from Rambus, which started to attack the entire industry over a de facto standard.

RAMBUS IS to take an axe to its own workforce, chopping around 90 jobs, or some 21 per cent of its staff.


Read the comment that says: "And what might those be? Litigation and cry baby tactics against more productive innovative companies that do honest engineering and production work that actually make real products that benefit people."

Microsoft's 'open' source and 'open' standards are a scam. They deserve to be mocked because they comprise redefinitions of existing terms.

"ISO has lost its credibility as a standards-setting organization. It has proven that technical merit plays no role in its decisions, which likely carries across all facets of its operation."

--Tony O'Bryan

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