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[News] Microsoft's Future is Like Proprietary Sun's

  • Subject: [News] Microsoft's Future is Like Proprietary Sun's
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2010 11:52:15 +0000
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Sun Fell Prey to Open-Washing. Who's Next? Microsoft?

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| Openwashing is similar to greenwashing, in 
| which a company markets itself as 
| environmentally friendly but is actually 
| faking it. A high tech firm openwashes 
| itself when it makes noises about open 
| software but is really interested in 
| preserving its proprietary offerings and 
| hampering free open systems practices.


Thoughts on Jeremy's Sun/Oracle Analysis

,----[ Quote ]
| Meanwhile, I'm less optimistic than Jeremy 
| on the future of Oracle. I have paid 
| attention to Oracle's contributions to 
| btrfs in light of recent events. 
| Amusingly, btfs exists in no small part 
| because ZFS was never licensed correctly 
| and never turned into a truly community-
| oriented project. While the two projects 
| don't have identical goals, they are 
| similar enough that it seems unlikely 
| btrfs would exist if Sun had endeavored to 
| become a real FLOSS contributor and 
| shepherd ZFS into Linux upstream using 
| normal Linux community processes. It's 
| thus strange to think that Oracle controls 
| ZFS, even while it continues to contribute 
| to btrfs, in a normal, upstream way (i.e., 
| collaborating under the terms of GPLv2 
| with community developers and employees of 
| other companies such as Red Hat, HP, 
| Intel, Novell, and Fujitsu).


Windows breeds fear and ignorance.

,----[ Quote ]
| And I put the blame squarely on Windows.



Microsoft's smartphone market share: sub 10 percent and falling

,----[ Quote ]
| According to the latest figures from Canalys, Microsoft is losing share in
| the smartphone market as the number of platforms proliferates and it now
| commands less than 10 percent.  

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