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Microsoft Says It Will Reward 'Open Source' Code That Helps Microsoft Sell Proprietary Software

Microsoft behind the mask

Gas mask



Summary: Microsoft's disdain and intolerance of software freedom continues to be shown, but one must look behind the mask of spin and rhetoric

THE SHAM which is Microsoft "open source", notably projects that help proprietary software but are described as "open source" (Microsoft's code hosting sites are notorious for that), continues to exist but not to thrive. We hardly hear about those things anymore (they don't make the press as much as they used to). We are talking about projects that are portrayed as "open" but actually require .NET, Microsoft SQL Server, or something along those lines. iophk calls it "poisoning the wells," alluding to the fact that such projects really help dilute the term "Open Source".



According to this new article, Microsoft takes its deceptive strategy further. The author asks: "Is Microsoft really just still saying that the only valuable open source is that which extends Microsoft products in its own view?"

Yes, indeed.

Adrian Bridgwater writes something to that effect as well. The headline is "Microsoft: open source developers not yet fully recognised by Microsoft MVP Programme," but this is not true.

Consider Microsoft MVP Miguel de Icaza, who created Mono for Microsoft API infection in FOSS. His company is rumoured to be in the process of becoming part of Microsoft and he was a Microsoft MVP.

"The Microsoft spinner wants to pretend that Microsoft is a friend of Free/Open Source software even though Microsoft is still actively attacking Free/Open Source software."Looking at where this spin originally came from, it it that annoying Microsoft revisionist Scott Hanselman. The Microsoft spinner wants to pretend that Microsoft is a friend of Free/Open Source software even though Microsoft is still actively attacking Free/Open Source software.

Speaking of the spin, watch how ex-Microsoft manager Neela Jacques frames Open Source as "Collaborative Development". This is familiar spin that we saw coming from Microsoft itself, reducing Freedom and even Openness to just "Collaboration" or "Choice". Neela Jacques also frames this as "Freedom from Vendors", which is a little similar to the "Choice" line. Those who are accustomed to hearing Stallman's views on Freedom (here is how he put them last month on television) will pick this up easily. Neela Jacques writes: "Do you want free software or do you want supported, enterprise grade software? Many people think that’s the question. It’s not."

He does not mean Free/libre software, he means gratis software. Sadly, the Linux Foundation put this man in charge. He does not grasp freedom.

"Microsoft hates freedom. It's not in its business model and not in its 'DNA'."Now, let's look at another new example from Nokia and Microsoft, which are pretending to be embracing Free software through Android but are actually turning it into proprietary surveillance that people can foolishly install to replace Free software with lesser privacy violations. Nokia and Microsoft are trying to make this the norm now [1] and yesterday we saw Microsoft unleashing yet more FUD about Android (the 'security' FUD flavour) along with Indiana University, showing of course that Microsoft does not care about Android, except the turning of Android into proprietary Microsoft system (with Microsoft blobs) and patent shakedown against Android vendors.

Do not believe for even one second that Microsoft likes or is willing to change for Free software. Microsoft hates freedom. It's not in its business model and not in its 'DNA'. Microsoft's co-founder Bill Gates makes it clear repeatedly and consistently when he misrepresents and demonises Free software, as he first did back in the 70s, moving us from a world of Free software into a world dominated by proprietary (especially in the 90s).

Related/contextual items from the news:



  1. Nokia tries to lure Android porters with free Nokia X mobes
    Nokia has started encouraging Android developers to support its Nokia X platform. The phones, primarily aimed at developing markets, run a highly customised version of Android and to ensure compatibility Nokia has wound up its developer outreach programme.




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