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[News] FOSS FUD Thrown at Open Source Conference

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Open Source FUD Flies at Florida Higher Education Conference

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| The New York Times is running an interesting piece from IDG News on how 
| administrators and IT chiefs for higher educational institutions are at odds 
| over whether it makes sense to deploy open source software instead of 
| proprietary products. The flap went on this week at the Educause conference 
| in Florida. Within the argument that's going on, a number of surprising 
| fallacies about open source are apparently cropping up. Here are the details.     


"Open source is an intellectual-property destroyer [...] I can't imagine
something that could be worse than this for the software business and the
intellectual-property business. I'm an American; I believe in the American
way, I worry if the government encourages open source, and I don't think we've
done enough education of policymakers to understand the threat."

                        --Jim Allchin, Microsoft


GOSCON gives government good open source ideas

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| Ironically, some of the most interesting discussion at GOSCON was kicked off
| by sponsor Microsoft and a talk from the company’s Director of Open Source
| Strategy Bryan Kirschner about how the company fits into a world where open
| source is more than just a hobbyist fad.


Microsoft self interest is its commitment to open source

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| I believe that Microsoft’s earnest intent is to make open source on Windows,
| ASP.Net and Silverlight as simple and supported as open source on Linux and
| Apache infrastructure, following on its previous movement toward open source.
| Would Microsoft benefit from making these newly-supported, open source pieces
| and products less efficient or integrated?


Penguins in Tel Aviv? It Must Be the Annual Open-Source Convention

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| Yes, you read that right: Microsoft was a major sponsor of the conference,
| and its logo appeared prominently on the conference program, as well as on
| the T-shirts that were distributed to each attendee. There was even a very
| well-attended session at which a Microsoft manager (Amir Shevat) tried to
| convince the crowd that the war is over, and that it's worth trying to find
| ways in which Microsoft and the open-source community can work together.



Microsoft participation to stir open source summit talks

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| Microsoft Philippines will sponsor an open source summit in Cebu next month
| and this early, the software giant is bracing itself for lively discussions
| about openXML and the fact that the company will make its presence felt at
| the summit.


Microsoft is Golden sponsor for the Java Developer Conference in Egypt

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| Microsoft? Yes, Microsoft will be a Golden sponsor in the Java Developer 
| Conference which organized by the Egyptian Java User Group. 


Linux World China 2007 and Software Freedom Day preview

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| The venue was also full of Microsoft folks trying to start a chat with 
| visitors.  


"Microsoft seems to have hijacked Linux Asia"

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| Was the general feel amongst the attendees at Linux Asia 2007;
| MS however, just wanted to say ''let us walk hand-in-hand''


Linux vendors and Microsoft follow the money

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| Novell's recently unpopular chief executive was doing more than reading from 
| a crudely scripted speech when he told LinuxWorld to get with the program and 
| deal with Microsoft and mixed source.  


Did LinuxWorld survive Microsoft's Mike Hall?


Linux-Microsoft Lovefest at LinuxWorld Expo


LinuxWorld: It's About The Apps (Dummy)!  

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| Microsoft's appearance was an unexpected highlight. I half expected
| to be inundated by Microsoft messaging and materials about what
| Microsoft is doing with Novell. Instead, the Redmondites just
| mingled with the open sourcers, chatting them up about what
| they thought about the show and, of course, Microsoft.


Microsoft sponsors FOSS event (what the hell's going on!!!)

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| Despite the resent FUD campaign that Micro$oft has launched against Free 
| and Open Source Software they seems to be supporting FOSS at the same 
| time by sponsoring FOSS advocacy events such as FOSS-ed... go to : 
| http://www.foss.lk/events/2007/fossedforwindows and look for the "Gold 
| Sponsors" at the end of the page.  

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