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Gentle Warning About OSBC 2009 and OSCON 2009

"May contain Microsoft agenda"

IN my correspondence with Richard Stallman, it came up that if Microsoft steals the show at Free/open source events, as it did in OSBC 2008 for example [1, 2, 3, 4, 5], then we must respond.



It is therefore important to point out that OSBC 2009 has just been formally announced and Microsoft will be there. Actually, it's more than just Microsoft because IDG, which has relationships with Microsoft, is organising this event.

“...IDG, which has relationships with Microsoft, is organising this event.”Another potential issue is OSCON 2009, which was announced earlier today in the form of a call for contributions/participation. OSCON's long-maintained ties with Microsoft were noted here before, using lots and lots of evidence [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9]. Another O'Reilly-Microsoft connection (not just the funding) actually shows up in this very new blog post from Brady Forrest, who says that he used to work for Microsoft.

Last but not least, FOSDEM has got among its "Cornerstone Sponsors" Sun, Novell, and O'Reilly. We wrote about FOSDEM earlier this month. Voice-jacking can be very dangerous and we saw Novell doing this very recently in India [1, 2].

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