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Upon finding out about new "Free Software Magazine" from this thread i've read this short, but interesting article that seems to be part of the first issue of "Free Software Magazine":

Free Software is the problem for Microsoft

The article points out that MS does understands Free Software perfectly well unlike some of us may sometimes think and that exactly this is the reason more for which they have identified it as it's biggest problem, the greatest enemy.

The article says that MS will do anything to fight Free Software. While this seems logical we may sometimes overlook this fact being overwhealmed by the current succes of free software.

Here's an interesting part of the article which pretty much sums it's whole point:

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Eddy Macnaghten wrote:
Dont think for a second that Microsoft are stupid, or that Microsoft dont understand free software. They are clever, and devious. They are using every opportunity to stop the advancement of free software, planned or unplanned. They will make sure they are not directly involved in ruthless lawsuits, though they'll more than happily finance them. Any "cross platform" ventures are solely written to bring people into the Microsoft fold (like SFU). Civil servants are dined. Politicians are petitioned. Statistics are made up. Advertisements and FUD are proliferated. Microsoft will stop at nothing because they have nothing to lose.

I don't think i have to add much here.

This is clearly a call to us all that we keep our eyes and ears open, fight the threat of software patents and other restrictive laws with all of our collective power and don't underestimate the enemy. It may not destroy us easily, but...

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a lot of damage can be caused in the meantime if we dont stop the nonsense now.

Another interesting quote:

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Not only do Microsoft need to kill FOSS to expand, I believe they need to kill it to survive!

According to this, either FOSS dies or MS dies.. i vote for MS's death... let's kill it before it kills us (blunt but possibly true), or is there a hope that a beast surrenders and converts?

Thank you
Daniel

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Re: The beast is awakening

Dear Libervisioners,

B. Gates and S. Ballmer have lost my respect. I cannot respect people or any company which cannot accept competition. :nonnon: This is a brutal movement played by a brutal company that cannot do things straight. Monopoly is very bad for everybody including themselves. I cannot understand what Micro$oft is affraid of to allow competition. By doing all their are doing (FUD, trying to dismantle FOSS) for me means only one thing. That they recognize their product is not as good as they claim it to be.

All empires end, all we saw until now did and they will not be an exception. I hope that the next U.S. President will not allow that. When Clinton was in the presidency Micro$oft was suffering accusations of monopoly practices (anti-trust case) and it almost had to be split. I hope that Europeans will not allow the software patenting process to go on. I only accept the survival of Micro$oft if they stop this childish behavior (yes, BG and SB for me are two children) and allow competition. If Coca-Cola doesnt try to destroy Pepsi so why Micro$oft should destroy FOSS? Otherwise I vote for Micro$ofts death. Rant finished.

Thank you,
Andre

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Re: The beast is awakening

After reading this article I realised that MS has already done really much in undermining Free Software, and the wierdest thing to me here is that I knew about most of those things that MS did, but just didn't pay too much attention because it all happened in a somehow large time period.

It looked to me before as if MS was just talking bad about FS here and there, but this article is talking about something very near to a total war against FS. It looks almost like there is panic in MS, I'd really like to have some insight there and see what is going on inside it.

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Libervisco wrote:

This is clearly a call to us all that we keep our eyes and ears open, fight the threat of software patents and other restrictive laws with all of our collective power and don't underestimate the enemy.

Yes, software patents are the most powerful weapon that MS (and other proprietary companies) has. I think that if we win the patent battle, then we practically won the war, because all those "independent" statistics and researches can't do much damage to FS.

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Underworld creatures never sleep...

Beware. Reasoning that the Beast is Awakening is dangerous. It implies that the monster of Redmond has been sleeping and I assure you, it hasn't. Redmond was wide awake and was just contemplating on how to kill the enemy most effectively.

Trashtalk didn't work. Pacman, cancer, un-American backfired badly. FUD like MS is promoting with the "Get the FUD" campagne, isn't working either. Covert funding of malicious proxies did have a minor effect.

Our luck was that The SCO Group are a bunch of amateuristic liars, with no real ammunition. So Ms sent an adversary at us that tried to shoot us with blanks. We might not be so lucky next time. The battle may become harsher and may cause more casualties.

The new GRAND MASTER PLAN is still in the works. The scheme of bleeding FOSS to death by cutting it with a barrage of Software Patents. They might be able to do some damage, but IBM's preemptive strike with the 500 Patents Pledge has taken the wind a bit out of Redmond's sails.

IBM made it clear that it is willing to risk a nuclear patent winter, if someone steps on IBM's toes by trying to curtail FOSS. IBM's future is staked in FOSS and any hampering influence on FOSS is damaging IBM. So the patent warheads from Redmond may be aimed at FOSS, but IBM just swayed their arsenal in the direction of MS.

The article makes a minor mistake. It says:

Microsoft will stop at nothing because they have nothing to lose.

Although the intent is correct, the phrasing is not. Microsoft will stop at nothing, because they have EVERYTHING to lose.

MS business model is completely dependant on the exclusive and global withholding of information. They can only successfully sell their limited access "rights" to their software if there is no alternative available.

FOSS is the anti-thesis of MS. FOSS gives users full access to the information within the software. It completely eradicates the basic principle of MS's business model. With FOSS around, they cannot make a living by excluding acccess to information, because there is an open an accessible source of information present.

The only reason that MS hasn't toppled yet is because of two things. Lockin and inertia. The lockin takes place at both vendor level (MS rebates as reward/punish weapon) and at end-user level through proprietary file formats like .doc, .xls, .pps, MS-HTML.

MS is not dominant through quality and they know it. So they pound away at their customerbase, advertising to them to death that they have made the right choice. People are lulled into thinking that they've got the best they can get on their machines. Changing seems dangerous, because they know what they have in MS. It is plain inertia that slows down adoption of alternatives.

The question that most people will ask themselves is: "What's in it for me, if I switch? Right now it only seems to bring me a lot to learn and no real improvements above Windows and Office." They are not trained in asking the right questions (they are rather downright brainwashed not to think at all about their software), so they never touch upon questions like licensing and associated end-user rights, cost of software, speed and quality of bugfixing, stability, useful features.

If we want to survive the coming attacks we will have to feed the public inconspicuously with information (and slowly, to avoid being brushed of as agenda pushing FOSS zealots) and we need to fight the CPTT threat (Copyrights, Patents, Trademarks & Trade Secrets) with all we've got.

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Re: Underworld creatures never sleep...
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Ratrip wrote:

Although the intent is correct, the phrasing is not. Microsoft will stop at nothing, because they have EVERYTHING to lose.

MS business model is completely dependant on the exclusive and global withholding of information. They can only successfully sell their limited access "rights" to their software if there is no alternative available.

Perfect! :yes: :yes: :yes:

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MS is not dominant through quality and they know it. So they pound away at their customerbase, advertising to them to death that they have made the right choice. People are lulled into thinking that they've got the best they can get on their machines. Changing seems dangerous, because they know what they have in MS. It is plain inertia that slows down adoption of alternatives.

I think also that MS is dominant because of the *appearance* of quality of its softwares, which indeed look very nice. I think that we cannot deny it. Do you agree with me?

Rijik.

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Looks can be deceiving, indeed...

I think also that MS is dominant because of the *appearance* of quality of its softwares, which indeed look very nice.

I will concede that MS was able to create a fairly consistent User Interface over the years. Most third party applications do follow MS conventions on GUI layout. So yes, it appears to be solid.

But please do not forget that MS was the the first company to push a Graphic Interface to the mass market (IBM and Apple failed to do that). So they set the standard of what a UI should be. The Microsoft UI model doesn't necesarrily dictate the best way to implement computer-user interaction through a graphic interface. It's just that we got used to it.

Looks are important, but I can see the cracks and smears in MS's make-up and the face underneath is ravaged by blemishes. Too bad the real defects only become visible after you discovered the thick layer of schmink and then it is too late. You already have a MS machine on your desk

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