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[News] [Rival] MS Anti-Linux Conference Goes Under an "Open Source" Banner

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| Apache not good enough?
| The official website of MSCOSCONF is running on IIS. IIS is a proprietary 
| product. The majority of websites on the web runs a fully fledged Open Source 
| product called Apache as a webserver. When queried on why the mscosconf 
| website is running on IIS, there were rumours that the front facing IIS just 
| a "proxy" however. The other rumour was that it was because one of the 
| sponsors only have Windows machines to host the website. Whatever the case, 
| this is strange because the community have offered to sponsor the hosting of 
| the website with a certified freedom stack.       
| This fortunately can be resolved easily in the future.
| The Microsoft "Competition"
| Its great that Microsoft has been playing a significant role in terms of 
| sponsorship for this event. Their efforts in publicity and community 
| relations have been positive, together with their support for the foss.my 08 
| event.   
| What is interesting is that they are currently sponsoring a competition which 
| sports a RM10,000 prize in the porting of popular PHP webapps which currently 
| exist on a completely free stack, to a completely closed stack. Yes, the 
| purpose of the competition is to port webapps which run using Linux, Apache, 
| MySQL, PHP (LAMP) to Microsoft Windows, Microsoft IIS and Microsoft SQL 
| Server, PHP (WIMP). This contest was a misnomer and spun as LAMP2WIN, as 
| should be more accurately called LAMP2WIMP.      
| This to me is a bizarre requirement and totally goes against the philosophy 
| of what an Open Source competition should be. I'm not sure what rationale was 
| during the design of the competition, but this could have been easily 
| designed with a more "Free" objective.    
| [...]
| For example, and ironically, the "Sponsorship Prospectus" (amongst others) 
| which has the purpose of wooing potential sponsors to promote open source, is 
| written and published using Microsoft Office 2007.  It may seem like a normal 
| business decision to use whatever tools they are familiar with, but to us 
| freetards, it seems rather distasteful. Also they need a better copywriter in 
| their social media alerts.     


They did it in Japan too. Same type of competition.


How to Hijack an EU Open Source Strategy Paper

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| Others as in Microsoft and mates.
| All-in-all, the modifications to the document provide a fascinating insight
| into how lobbyists operate in their attempt to neuter threats to their
| constituencies through the shameless evisceration and outright inversion of
| content. Fortunately, when the final strategy document comes out, we will be
| able to pinpoint exactly where ACT's agenda has been inserted. Of course,
| before then we need to make the above document as widely known as possible,
| so that the relevant people at the European Union are aware of what's going
| on, and maybe even take action to prevent this gross distortion of the
| paper's purpose.
| In addition, we must ensure that Wikileaks can continue to provide its
| invaluable service. The world of openness – including open source - would be
| the poorer without it. To that end, we need to support its current call for
| funds to help it carry on its work, and I urge you to make a donation,
| however modest.


European Commission OSS Strategy Draft, Mar 2009

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| This file is an edited version of the EU OSS Strategy draft with the input of
| Jonathan Zuck, President of the Association for Competitive Technology, an
| organisation that has strong ties with Microsoft[1]
| The file is a draft for an expert panel formed by the European Commission.
| This panel is divided into workgroup (IPR, Open Source, digital life, etc.)
| ACT and Comptia have been infiltrating every workgroup, even the one on Open
| Source (WG 7). They are doing the best they can to drown any initiative that
| would not only promote OSS in Europe but also that could help Europe create a
| sucessful European software sector.
| The audience for this document could be journalists who would be interested
| in getting to know more how lobbies of all kind influence the European
| institutions. Here it is perhaps even more stringent as ACT is clearly an US
| organization with ties to Microsoft. Verifications might not be easy as this
| is an internal draft. The best contact might be commission personnel:
| Lars.PEDERSEN@xxxxxxxxxxxx ; Michel.Lacroix@xxxxxxxxxxxx
| It has been leaked as it is important to have the public know how actual
| policy making is being influenced by lobbies that are precisely under the
| legal scrutiny of the European Commission. The urgency of the publication of
| this document is real in the sense that outside pressure would foce the
| Commission to "clean the committees" or at least give a lesser credit to the
| work of this workgroup.

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