Re: But is this really a problem? 10 April 2012 13:21
I beg to disagree. Microsoft is not much different today from what it
was in the nineties as far as their policies go. You are right that
the employees have changed; even Gates has retired, but their
employees are not their problem - their policies are. Nobody can
refuse their contributions to FOSS, their code is in there, although
only to ensure that Linux works well with their Hyper-V technology.
They still take every opportunity to "kick the FOSS ass" so to speak.
They extract royalties from OEMs by threatening them with false
claims of copyright and patent violation. They have never supported
what we do. They are not the only company to do this but they are the
largest and they spread the maximum amount of false information on
open source software. Personally, I have absolutely no trust in a
company that arm-twists others into paying "royalties" on what is not
their work by making false claims. If Linux is such an antipathy to
them and if it violates their copyrights and infringes upon their
patents, why do they bother with it to the extent of trying to make
it work with their OS by contributing code? I have never seen any
ethics at work where Microsoft is concerned and nor do I see them
today. You are right in that they ought to get better to keep up but
they are not doing so. For example, even after so many years, they
still refuse to embrace the OpenDocument Formats and have instead
created their own OOXML, which, while being better than Microsoft's
previous file formats because of being open, is nevertheless a
deviation from the already-established norm in open document formats.
This clearly indicates their unwillingness to participate. Of course,
they will adopt HTML5 and CSS3 and what not but their core policies
will never change.
06 Apr 2012 18:35Jo-Erlend Schinstad
08 Apr 2012 02:06Lennie
08 Apr 2012 17:05Jo-Erlend Schinstad
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08 Apr 2012 15:36Saurav
08 Apr 2012 17:02Jo-Erlend Schinstad
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10 Apr 2012 16:41Jo-Erlend Schinstad
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