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Microsoft's War on Freedom (Article by Formic)

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Summary: "Microsoft has anonymously posted similar bogus warnings against websites that speak the truth about Microsoft, or push Free Software," says Formic

During the last 15-20 years Microsoft has led a campaign against Free Software as defined by the Free Software Foundation. Using sneaky tactics such as astroturfing; they have been flooding USENET and the blogosphere with anti-GNU/Linux propaganda and lies. One of the most prominent GNU/Linux USENET groups is comp.os.linux.advocacy (referred to as COLA) and it has been flooded with over 500,000 posts.



"We have proof that in 1998, it was found that a flood of pro-Microsoft propaganda messages with fake identities were being posted to Usenet actually from within the microsoft.com domain, by paid anti-social Microsoft employees."There is only one entity in on this planet that wants to take our freedom away. That entity is Microsoft and it has been doing this to us on several fronts. It has been spreading anonymous propaganda messages, false advertising, OEM infiltration/discount programs, fraudulent lawsuits and blackmailing android handset makers into paying royalties. We have no idea how much this costs Microsoft but the popular ballpark figure is $100,000,000. We know it's spent at least that much promoting its anti-freedom search engine Bing (which filters GNU/Linux and Free Software results).

We have proof that in 1998, it was found that a flood of pro-Microsoft propaganda messages with fake identities were being posted to Usenet actually from within the microsoft.com domain, by paid anti-social Microsoft employees. Around the same time Microsoft was sued for bundling Internet Explorer with Windows. It still bundles IE with Windows, yet we're supposed to believe they changed? We're supposed to think they aren't still astroturfing their false propaganda?

"They are using lies, obscenities, ad hominem attacks, and sometimes they even harass people in real life."The floods of propaganda messages are mostly attacking GNU/Linux and free software. They are using lies, obscenities, ad hominem attacks, and sometimes they even harass people in real life. This has never stopped. Microsoft has since employed various techniques to prevent the messages from being traced back to their source.

Microsoft has anonymously posted similar bogus warnings against websites that speak the truth about Microsoft, or push Free Software. Microsoft really is evil. It's hard to accept that at first because most people think that businesses are just invested in making money, but if you read the all the stuff out there, and think about all of it together, the conclusion is inescapable.

Sources: http://everything2.com/title/Microsoft+grassroots+support http://articles.businessinsider.com/2011-04-29/tech/29982304_1_bing-search-microsoft-s-bing-traffic-acquisition

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