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Do we expect a "declaration of war" by MS?

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..or that declaration has been out long ago..

As the news say: "Stanford law professor Lawrence Lessig has claimed that Microsoft is preparing "an all-out war" on the open source community, specifically Linux."

As far as i can tell, he is more than right because that "war" is already happening with all the "salvos of FUD" fired by MS already.

This however raises a concern that MS has just been warming up, that the real deal is just to follow, that.. they will "finally" use all of it's power granted by law through their "intellectual property" to mercilessly attack on GNU/Linux and Free Software community - that tough times are coming for us and for the Free Culture in general.

Are we prepared? Let's hope this site grows into one of the bigges web-based opposition camps there is. Let's fight to preserve this "little pocket" of free culture we have created through Free Software movement.

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Re: Do we expect a "declaration of war" by MS?

I cannot imagine what else could they do, but Microsoft is no longer what it has been before. The movement for free(dom) software has increased in a way that I think it has passed the point of no return... it is too late and nothing can stop Linux and free(dom) open source software from growing more and more now. The world has changed and if Micrso$oft gets to destroy FLOSS (which I don't think so) there would be a great reaction from the whole world. FOSS are not only for individuals and/or small companies. FOSS has become of interest of big companies and governments. For example, Hollywood movie industries (I am talking about special and visual effects) are using Linux (for example, Industrial Light & Magic), NASA uses Linux and many others. And there are also big companies like IBM, Novell and many more defending the penguin. Imagine the Internet without Linux. What would happen to many Internet providers and sites? Many sites run on Apache on Linux and something different would be a great shock for the world. I think it is about time for Micro$oft to stop wanting to destroy Linux and FOSS and increase the quality of their product, and to allow competition also... before it becomes too late for them...

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Re: Do we expect a "declaration of war" by MS?

True. GNU/Linux and thus Free Software adoption has already passed certain critical points. Even though many corporations that now deal with and support GNU/Linux also remain for the good part proprietary companies, their very reliance (for however big or small part) shows that Free Software IS at least part of their interests.

So, what we see here is not just Microsoft vs. FOSS battle. It is Microsoft vs. IBM, Sun, HP, CA, Novell, RedHat, MandrakeSoft and many other corporations of which some have patents that they can use to defend their interests (of which Free Software is part of).

That exactly, will make it increasingly difficult for MS to succesfuly combar Free Software.

Of course, it is not recommended that we only rely on such corporations to defend us. We should do all in our power to combat as well. It is therefore good news that the software freedom law center has been founded, FSF reorganized (with a better web site which adds up to it's public appereance) and some other positive developments. Also, we *should* be urged to disobey software patents if they come because that is what it would exactly be if we continue to use and develop Free Software once the software patents law becomes universal.

The foundation for such public disobedience is clear. Every law is to be based on common sense and common interest and that is how it traditionally was. When a law starts contradicting it's own foundations (common sense and interest) than it is not to be obeyed. In such case, the insistence of government to obey it through coercion is waging war against it's own people, and a reason more not to conform to such government.

We must pressure, we must fight and we, in the end, will prevail.

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