Does Microsoft Have an Open Source Strategy Any More?
Sep 15, 2009, 04:32 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Glyn Mody)
"This was variously analysed as Microsoft seeing the light,
Microsoft being forced to bow down before the mighty GNU GPL and
Microsoft being its usual cunning self and piggybacking on the open
source community for competitive edge.
"Then we had the revelation of Microsoft
â€œeducatingâ€ third-party sales
people about â€œweaknessesâ€ in
GNU/Linux. Except, of course, they weren't weaknesses, but
misinformation or even outright lies. Now, fair competition is all
well and good, but stooping to this kind of underhand behaviour
hardly matches the company's recent soothing noises about wanting
to work with the open source community.
"Another confusing episode in Microsoft-open source relations
involved some patents:"