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FOSS, Business, and Psychopathy

Jan 05, 2011, 10:03 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

[ Thanks to James Maguire for this link. ]

"The article requires some patience. It starts with the giant leap of logic that Microsoft is pursuing the same tactics to sabotage OpenOffice.org that it did twenty years ago with the OS/2 operating system, and includes the obligatory swipe at Miguel de Izaca.

"But, despite such excesses, it still manages to report accurately on the situation, proving beyond any serious doubt that Novell's interactions with Microsoft were contrary to the interests of both FOSS and Novell's status as a company that derives part of its income from FOSS.

"However, what is extraordinary to me is the shocked tone of the article. A cynic might dismiss the tone as that of a demagogue playing to the crowd, but to me it seems too sustained to be anything but genuine. The first sentence describes the interaction as 'gruesome,' and the article goes on to bemoan 'the sorry picture.'"

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