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[News] The End is Near, My Crosoft (and How Microsoft Will Try to Harm GNU/Linux)

  • Subject: [News] The End is Near, My Crosoft (and How Microsoft Will Try to Harm GNU/Linux)
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 27 Jan 2010 04:54:47 +0000
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A poor start for Microsoft?

,----[ Quote ]
| Theres been some rather poor press reported 
| by some and I whilst the some reports 
| written about at the time, I have the 
| luxury of being able to look back at them 
| now the dust is settled (a little).
| We will start off with the IE exploit that 
| was widely reported by many outlets coming 
| into the new year.  Microsoft though in 
| true fashion had this to say:
|     Customers should also upgrade to the 
|     latest version of Internet Explorer, 
|     Internet Explorer 8, which provides 
|     improved security and privacy 
|     protections, as well as sign up for 
|     Microsoft Update and enable the 
|     Automatic Update functionality. This 
|     will enable automatic installation of 
|     all applicable updates this month and 
|     help to make customer systems more 
|     secure.
| [...]
| A comment said by myself many times last 
| year was that Microsoft is fighting a war 
| on too many fronts and not only failing to 
| conquer those but at the same time loosing 
| its grip on its traditional products which 
| are being challenged by alternatives. 
| Alternatives that have been quietly 
| improving their products while Microsoft 
| tries to take on the planet.  We see this 
| with IE.  We see the moving away from 
| Windows (whatever figure you want to put on 
| it) and other traditional MS products.
| So 2010 will be the year of the 
| alternative?  I think its now the 
| mainstream user is realizing that which so 
| many people have already found out, it 
| doesnât need to be Microsoft.  It matters 
| not if you are an Apple user, Linux, BSD or 
| anything else, a more diverse IT world will 
| be better for the end-user as everyone ups 
| their game to compete for your 
| custom/usage.
| I wonder though if Microsoft will, instead 
| of challenging with great software, dig 
| into its patent portfolio and challenge 
| with that instead.  Its often thought by 
| many that the Microsoft ethos of âdo it our 
| way or not at allâ is one of the dangers 
| that Microsoft poses to alternatives, be it 
| Linux, be it in the form Mono or anything 
| else.



Microsoft sues TiVo...but not over Linux. Surprise!

,----[ Quote ]
| At least, one hopes so. As Red Hat
| evangelist Jan Wildeboer suggests,
|     The 6,008,803 patent...looks very broad.
|     Might affect all kinds of media center
|     [software]. So also Linux apps. The real
|     question is, "Which Linux media center
|     app infringes on Tivo patents?


Petition to Stop Software Patents in Europe

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| The petition aims to unify the voices of
| concerned Europeans, associations and
| companies, and calls on our politicians in
| Europe to stop patents on software with
| legislative clarifications.

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