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Re: Microsoft MVP Installs GNU/Linux

Verily I say unto thee, that Tom Shelton spake thusly:

> When I was an MVP, I used to post regularly to the .net groups using 
> slrn on gentoo linux - and I made it quite clear as it was part of my
> .sig.  Nobody cares.  Many MVP's also use Linux.  I'm not sure why 
> you think this is a big deal?

I bet Sweaty the Impaler thinks it's a big deal.

After all, according to him "Linux violates 235 Microsoft patents", so
I'd imagine he finds it a bit hard to accept his MVPs might be using
this "infringing" software.

Now I'm not suggesting you're a corporate thug like Ballmer, but he is
nonetheless the CEO of the company you're so closely associated with,
and this company is one of the world's most corrupt and reprehensible,
with a litany of extremely well documented crimes and thuggish
behaviour, spurred by an institutionalised hatred of democracy,
capitalism and freedom, and a particularly malevolent agenda against
Free Software (which Ballmer describes as a "cancer").

So are you really surprised when Linux advocates sneer at the discovery
of Microsoft MVPs using Free Software?

Like Ballmer, I'd find it hard to consolidate this contradictory
behaviour, but for quite antithetical reasons - of course. It is a quite
inescapable fact, that by technically supporting Microsoft, you are
helping them, which means that (unless you are chained to your desk, and
have a gun pointed at your head) you are complicit with their behaviour.

Being forced to support Microsoft as an inevitable consequence of one's
employment, where one did not actually choose to work on the Microsoft
"stack" from the outset, is one thing, but the "honour" of MVP is not a
"job", it's an "award presented by Microsoft [to] exceptional technical
community leaders ... for _voluntarily_ providing technical expertise
towards technical communities supporting Microsoft products or
technologies." [1]

You _voluntarily_ supported the gangsters who attack Free Software.

Hence the irony when it's discovered that an MVP uses this "cancer".

Now that you (hopefully) understand the predicament, perhaps you'd like
to explain the details to Charles Carmine, Microsoft Technology
"Evangelist" and Channel9 host, who apparent has difficulty
understanding "why Microsoft is evil". [2]

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Most_Valuable_Professional
[2] http://mschnlnine.vo.llnwd.net/d1/ch9/0/LangNetMiguelDragos.wmv


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|  is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves." ~ William
|  Pitt the Younger

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