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[News] Microsoft Tries to Pull a Mandriva/Nigeria/China Against GNU/Linux Russia

  • Subject: [News] Microsoft Tries to Pull a Mandriva/Nigeria/China Against GNU/Linux Russia
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 09 Nov 2007 07:42:58 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
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Microsoft deals with open source software in Russian schools using Chinese

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| 1999 China government got concerned with dependence on Microsoft, so it 
| decided to develop its own open source software on the basis of Linux, called 
| Red Flag Linux. In Russia a similar program has just been launched. Up to 
| 2009 end all Russian schools are to be supplied with the open source software 
| package, created by the Russian programmers.    


The 'retired' man will be meeting some politicians, hand over some 'charity'
money, "dump" some 'free' Windows, and try to choke the competition.
Out-of-control monopoly abuse. Who knows if this government can be trusted.


Russian Linux (ALTLinux) to be installed in every school in Russia

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| Russian OS is to be installed on every school computer in Russia by 2009. 
| Furthermore, every pupil will get the opportunity to operate the applied 
| software produced in Russia, Leonid Reiman, acting Minister of Communication 
| stated at a press conference. According to Mr. Reiman, that might 
| significantly reduce Russian dependence on foreign software.    


Linux being launched at schools

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| Besides the operating system the package is to comprise some freely 
| distributed programs, close to MS Office by their functionality, which are to 
| be used on computers with the following characteristics: 233 MHz and 128MB 
| DDR.   


Russian public agencies choose Mandriva

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| Mandriva development is carried out jointly by Mandriva's offices in Russia, 
| France and Brazil. The Mandriva Linux OS is thus considered a national OS for 
| Russia. The decision of FSTEC of the Russian Federation (RF) implied that 
| Russian public agencies will be authorised to use the Mandriva Linux OS on 
| PCs running confidential information.    


Russian Government Will Migrate to OpenSource

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| Russia decided to follow after EU countries, where opensource
| solutions are more spread then in Russia. Currently, some Russian
| companies can offer their own Desktop Linux OS (the major companies
| are ASPLinux, ALTLinux, Linux-Online and LinuxCenter).


Russian schools abandon Windows after piracy scare 

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| Microsoft says that the incident has nothing to do with them, but it 
| appears that Russian schools in the area are so scared about being shipped 
| off to a Siberian Gulag, that they are buying Linux gear instead.
| [..]
| According to Karpushin, schools would start using freely distributed
| software like the Linux OS, Russky office and Open office desktop apps,
| Ekho Moskvi reports.


Linux Education in America: Inspiration from Russia?

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| The reason that the Russian announcement is funny boils down to the 
| perception over the years that Russia equates to totalitarianism, whilst here 
| in America we're all about Freedom and innovation. Yet our educational 
| system -- the very underpinnings of how we're growing out future 
| technological talent, is based upon the inversion of what one would expect 
| given the respective reputations of both countries.     


Russia is latest country to move towards OpenDocument format and open standards  

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| The stated rationale for this legislation is that “open standards will 
| contribute to an increased number of bidders for government contracts and 
| will increase opportunities for Russian software developers... [and] the 
| problem of interoperability will be addressed as will the ability to access 
| information into the future.”    


Governments Must Reject Gates' $3 Bid to Addict Next Billion PC Users 

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| "Microsoft's strategy of getting developing nations hooked on its
| software was clearly outlined by Bill Gates almost a decade ago," said
| Con Zymaris, CEO of long-standing open source firm Cybersource. 
| Specifically, Bill Gates, citing China as an example, said:
|   "Although about 3 million computers get sold every year in China, but
|   people don't pay for the software," he said. "Someday they will, though.
|   As long as they are going to steal it, we want them to steal ours.
|   They'll get sort of addicted, and then we'll somehow figure out how to
|   collect sometime in the next decade."[1]


Microsoft Happy with the Evolution of Windows Vista Piracy

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| But the truth is that Microsoft is happy with the way Windows Vista
| piracy is evolving. Is there a catch to this? No. The fact of the
| matter is that Windows Vista has delivered a heavy blow to
| software counterfeiters. The reason for this is the new Windows
| Genuine Advantage security mechanism integrated into the
| operating system.
| You may not notice this on the surface. On the surface, the
| Internet is crawling with Windows Vista cracks, hacks and
| workarounds. On the surface, every Windows Vista edition has
| been cracked and is available for download via peer-to-peer 
| networks. But this is not the true extent of Windows Vista piracy.


[Mandriva CEO:] An open letter to Steve Ballmer

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| Wow! I’m impressed, Steve! What have you done for these guys to change their 
| mind like this? It’s pretty clear to me, and it will be clear to everyone. 
| How do you call what you just did Steve, in the place where you live? In my 
| place, they give it various names, I’m sure you know them.   
| Hey Steve, how do you feel looking at yourself in the mirror in the morning?
| Of course, I will keep fighting this one and the next one, and the next one. 
| You have the money, the power, and maybe we have a different sense of ethics 
| you and I, but I believe that hard work, good technology and ethics can win 
| too.   


Cringely the Unemployable on the fallacy of Web 2.0, Microsoft ruthlessness,
and the CB radio of our decade

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| Davidson: Which software company would you hate to compete against? What 
| makes you single them out? 
| Cringely: Microsoft of course. They have the deepest of pockets, unlimited 
| ambition, and they are willing to lose money for years and years just to make 
| sure that you don't make any money, either. And they are mean, REALLY mean.  
| Davidson: Why do you think Microsoft is mean? Are you implying some kind of 
| malicious intent rather than just ruthlessness? 
| Cringely: Maybe "mean" is the wrong word to use for Microsoft. "Ruthless" is 
| good. The company is built in the image of Bill Gates and Bill is a guy who 
| gets caught-up in the game of business and doesn't typically see its personal 
| cost. To use what might seem to be an obscure example, just look at all the 
| various partnerships and industry consortia that Microsoft has announced 
| through the years that never produced a product or even a usable 
| specification. There have been literally dozens of these operations that are 
| intended solely to freeze the competition until Microsoft can figure what the 
| heck it actually wants to do. To Microsoft its a PR exercise that helps them 
| compete but to customers it is just a damned lie. That's ruthless. There are 
| plenty of other examples I can give but you get the point. I represent the 
| concerns of users, not vendors, and Microsoft doesn't really care about 
| users.            


Microsoft Spent $4.8M Lobbying

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| Microsoft Corp. spent $4.8 million to lobby the federal government in the 
| first half of the year on visas for high-tech workers, software piracy and 
| numerous other issues.  


Microsoft trying to derail Google/DoubleClick deal by lobbying congress

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| Microsoft has hired lobbying firm Patton Boggs LLC to do work on "competitive 
| issues surrounding Google/DoubleClick [sic] merger." 


Gates blackmailed Danish government

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| Microsoft boss Bill Gates threatened to kill 800 Danish jobs if 
| Denmark opposed the European Computer Implemented Inventions
| Directive, reports today's Danish financial daily Børsen,
| quoted by NoSoftwarePatents.com.


Conflict of interests of political party president in softwarepatents issue
in the EU

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| It now appears that Lehne works as a Brussels lobbying consultant
| for multinational corporations who are the main clients of one of
| the leading lawfirms for patent litigation in Europe, which is
| also itself involved in patent lobbying and closely connected
| to lobbying organisations.


How Microsoft distorted the facts in the Vienna conclusions

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| Lately, many signs exist showing how Microsoft's monopoly power
| extends to government and media. We can add a new example to this
| list: The "Vienna conclusions". It seems, their power even
| extends to distorting findings in official UN documents. The
| story contains all usual elements: Sponsorship, not willing
| to participate in public discussions, a conflict of interest
| of one of the members of the committee, and a Microsoft PR
| worker making a ridiculous statement. After that, of course,
| Microsoft denied most of it and ignored the rest.


Study: open source needs official support; Lobbyist
disagrees with "flawed" conclusions

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| The study, commissioned by the European Commission, Directorate
| General Enterprise and Industry, is but a small part of the larger
| FLOSSPOLS project that aims to keep the EU a leader in global
| development of open source software.
| [...]
| Now, the ISC is widely regarded as a shill for Microsoft, although
| the member list also includes companies like Intel, Autodesk, and
| RSA Security (now an EMC subsidiary). The 300-strong member list is
| mostly padded with lesser lights such as Yapi ve Kredi Bankasi(
| Turkey), ThreeSixtyDegreez (Pakistan), and Datoprogrammu Apgads
| (Latvia). The institute pushes hard for the right to patent
| software, alongside regular bashings of open source businesses.


Changing the Report, After the Vote

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| That agreement was nearly imperiled last weekend, though. Gerri
| Elliott, corporate vice president at Microsoft's Worldwide Public
| Sector division, sent an e-mail message to fellow commissioners
| Friday evening saying that she "vigorously" objected to a paragraph
| in which the panel embraced and encouraged the development of open
| source software and open content projects in higher education. 


Politics and tech companies: follow the money


Changing the Report, After the Vote


Microsoft's 'Men in Black' kill Florida open standards legislation

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| It was just a bit of text advocating open data formats that was slipped into
| a Florida State Senate bill at the last minute with no fanfare, but within
| 24 hours three Microsoft-paid lobbyists, all wearing black suits, were
| pressuring members of the Senate Committee on Governmental Operations
| (COGO) to remove the words they didn't like from Senate bill 1974. 


Politicians in Microsoft's Pocket

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| Continuing on the theme of which politicians are receiving money from 
| who. Here is a list of candidates who took money from MSFT.


Microsoft's China boss quits to head NBA in China

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| Microsoft said its global vice president, Zhang Yaqin, would take over as 
| acting Greater China chief while it sought a permanent replacement. 


OOXML, ODF and UOF: What's Up in China?

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| Microsoft has seemed to be flying high in the Peoples Republic of China 
| lately. Bill Gates spent several days in Beijing earlier this year in 
| meetings with high-level officials, after hosting Chinese President Hu Jintao 
| the spring before at Gate's own home.   And legitimate copies of Microsoft 
| products appear to be at last gaining ground in comparison to pirated copies, 
| albeit at the price of discounting them to almost unimaginable levels 
| (students can now reportedly obtain a Windows/Office bundle for the 
| incredible price of $3).   Many credited Microsoft's pragmatic decision to 
| accept Chinese realities and not insist on having everything its own way.         


Microsoft ‘monopoly’ comes under fire

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| We are calling on the government to veto the OOXML format at the 
| International Organization for Standardization (ISO).” The OOXML format is a 
| file specification released by Microsoft in December last year for its 
| Microsoft Office 2007 suite. It is currently in a fast track standardization 
| process with the ISO and will be subject to voting next month. Unlike the 
| current ISO digital document standard ODF (Open Document Format) and China’s  
| national standard UDF (Unified Office Document Format), Microsoft’s OOXML 
| format can only be run on a Windows platform.      
| It is also criticized for containing many proprietary technologies that can 
| only be fully supported by Microsoft’s Office products.  


An open document standard for China

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| Another standard that Microsoft does not support, is the 
| RFC 3987 specification, which defines UTF-8 capable Internet addresses.
| Consequently, OOXML does not support the use of Chinese 
| characters within a Web address.
| Microsoft also did a bad job in creating a document format
| for the whole world, which is an important requirement for an ISO standard. 
| Considerations for users in Israel and many Muslim countries were excluded in 
| the specification of OOXML. For any locale, the function 'Networkdays()' will 
| always return Saturday and Sunday as the weekend. However, this is wrong for 
| Iraq, Algeria, Sudan, Bahrain, Qatar, Bangladesh, Israel, Jordan, Libya, 
| Pakistan, Syria and the United Arab Emirates. ODF handles this correctly.     
| There are many more examples why OOXML isn't a suitable candidate for an ISO 
| standard yet. From my point of view, Microsoft should stop, as soon as 
| possible, bringing more redundancy into office document formats.  
| It would be much better if Microsoft takes the good ideas and technologies 
| from OOXML, and tries to join an effort to unify ODF, UOF and OOXML. For 
| those interested, the blog of IBM's Robert Weir, is a good source to get 
| informed about the issues of OOXML.   
| I hope China will not support OOXML in its ISO voting, but force Microsoft to 
| consider talks for one harmonized office document standard for the whole 
| world.  


McCain comes out against Net Neutrality; Says would hire Microsoft CEO Steve

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| In another move that was sure to infuriate many geeks, the 70 year 
| old presidential hopeful also said that he would ask Microsoft CEO 
| Steve Ballmer to serve on his cabinet to deal with technology issues 
| if elected. He did not however say what position Ballmer might be 
| hired in, but did joke that he might consider him for a diplomatic 
| position, such as ambassador to China.


Treachery In The Trenches

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| I believe that most people do not grasp the immense entity of Microsoft.
| This is an organization and a man who commands the attention and bidding
| of world leaders. On a recent trip to America, the President of China
| spent his first evening in the United States, not with our President,
| but Bill Gates. He was the guest of the Gates mansion that first
| evening and the guest of honor for a dinner attended by over one
| hundred people. Why? To ask him to crack down on Software piracy
| and to insure that his computer manufacturers put Microsoft Windows
| on thier newly made machines instead of shipping them with no OS. He
| didn't see the President of the United States for over 36 hours...he 
| spent that time with Bill Gates at his home and at the Redmond
| Campus.


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