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To Microsoft, Open Source means "Windows Encumbered"

May 24, 2010, 11:02 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andrew Oliver)

"One of the most interesting things to happen in the past couple of years, is Microsoft's embrace of Open Source. This means different things to various people I've spoken with at Microsoft. Some seem genuinely sincere. Some seem less so. What hasn't changed is Microsoft's behavior to the Open Source community at large.

"* They have not retracted their patent FUD against Linux.

"* They (a founding member of the BSA) did not speak out against the BSA/IIPA's attempt to have the US government equate Open Source with piracy and as anti-capitalist.

"* They continue to attack, with legal action or threats, any open source that competes with any of their core products.

"* They continue to hijack standards boards with "standards" that are encumbered by patent or platform constraints."

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