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Should We Boycott Microsoft? Can We?

Apr 28, 2008, 18:00 (20 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Glyn Mody)

"Captain Charles Boycott was an unfortunate chap. Not only was he the object of prolonged social ostracism, but his name has passed into history as both a noun and a verb describing that action. At the moment, the idea is much on people's minds because of suggestions that the Beijing Olympic games should be boycotted, but here I want to discuss something quite different: whether the open source community should be boycotting Microsoft, and if that is even possible.

"In part, the trigger for this is Microsoft's recent behaviour during the approval process for its OOXML document format. As I've written elsewhere on Linux Journal, it seems to me that on this occasion Microsoft has crossed the line of acceptability: not only has it stooped to just about every trick in the book to win 'approval,' it has broken the entire ISO organisation in the process, with huge, long-term collateral damage..."

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