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Microsoft Wants to Exploit Free/Open Source CMS for Userbase

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Summary: Microsoft wishes to dine together with GPL-licensed content management systems so that they run on the Microsoft stack rather than GNU/Linux and Free/libre software; Likewise helps spread Microsoft APIs

The title is neither sensationalist nor news. It is an accurate description of what Microsoft has been trying to do to Free/Open Source software since this site was conceived. Having failed to compete with GNU/Linux on servers, Microsoft funded SCO. Having failed to catch up with the likes of Android, Microsoft attacks the platform from several directions. Having failed on the Web, Microsoft is trying new ways to push Windows Server by infiltrating those above the server OS layer, namely Apache, PHP (Zend), and whatever lies above these. We have been covering this matter since 2007, so we won't delve into it today.



“Having failed on the Web, Microsoft is trying new ways to push Windows Server by infiltrating those above the server OS layer, namely Apache, PHP (Zend), and whatever lies above these.”What people ought to know is that Microsoft boosters like Kurt Mackie are boosting Microsoft's embrace (and "extend") of Drupal in 1105 Media, which is in Microsoft's pocket to an extent. Microsoft is doing this not for the first time, either. Adding Microsoft extensions to Joomla, for instance, is something we wrote about less than a year ago. There are prior examples where Microsoft used "plugins" to promote its online services inside Free/Open Source CMSs. Kathleen Richard from 1105 Media has this other puff piece in the unofficial 'Microsoft press'. It's a very shallow piece of coverage, titled: "Is Microsoft the New Web Platform for Open Source CMS?"

To be fair, some other sites/media companies (not in Microsoft's pocket) have covered it, but they did so quite differently. It was not promotional. We assume readers of Techrights are smart enough to know Microsoft's motivations here, but will other people know? This needs to be explained to more people. "I would love to see all open source innovation happen on top of Windows," Steve Ballmer (Microsoft CEO) said a few years ago.

Meanwhile we also find this new press release from Likewise, which has former Microsoft staff in it. It actively promotes Microsoft APIs in UNIX and Linux and its press release says:

Likewise, an expert in helping businesses and educational institutions manage cross-platform IT environments, announced today that Johns Hopkins University will use Likewise Enterprise for Education to integrate its Linux and Mac computers using Microsoft Active Directory.


There is also this new bit from Likewise. Those who know too little about Likewise might be gullible enough to view this as a win for GNU/Linux and Apple.

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