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Dinner with Microsoft
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| Microsoft comes to the Boston area, like a bad uninvited dinner guest in this
| guest blog by Mark Northfist.
| When you visit Microsoft's web site for New England Research & Development
| Center you don't get a sense that it is a part of a 30 year old multinational
| proprietary corporation with a bad track record when it comes to user freedom
| and community support. In fact, the site could be called hip and sleek, with
| an emphasis on small teams, the local community, and innovative research. The
| site shows pictures of the new office, which features glass walls that don
| equations painted on them. Almost weekly they are featuring meetups for the
| tech community at their office, and they are clearly putting money and effort
| into local collaborations with MIT, museums, and other organizations. And,
| despite laying off hundreds elsewhere in their organization, they are
| actively recruiting to their Cambridge office, with an advertisement campaign
| that takes over multiple subway stations in the Cambridge area.
| But, we aren't fooled. As one local Blogger puts it, Hey Microsoft, welcome!
| I know you have a history of anti-trust activities and monopolization, so why
| don’t you go ahead and show us your friendly new image by taking over every
| square inch of advertising real estate in Harvard Square!
FSF adds speakers for LibrePlanet conference on GNU/Linux: March 21st-22nd
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| The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today announced additions to the speaker
| lineup for its March 21st-22nd LibrePlanet 2009 conference.
| The conference, to be attended by GNU/Linux users, free software activists,
| and programmers from around the world, stresses three themes: strengthening
| global free software activism, addressing the threats posed to free software
| users by moves toward "cloud computing" and "software as a service," and
| advancing the projects on the FSF's High Priority Projects list.
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