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[News] [Rival] Microsoft is Lying About "Choice" to Distract from Free Software

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Microsoft is Lying About "Choice" to Distract from Free Software
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 14 Mar 2010 01:12:38 +0000
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Microsoft offers a Sophie's Choice

,----[ Quote ]
| Open source is completely orthogonal to the 
| choice discussion, Kazun writes, pointing to 
| Microsoftâs Open Government Data Initiative as 
| proof.
| But hereâs my problem with that, and here is 
| why open source is not orthogonal at all, but 
| part of the same dimension.
| You get one choice. You buy Microsoft and 
| youâre locked into Microsoft. You canât go 
| back.
| In Microsoftâs world its formats and open 
| source are the two children, and you get to 
| make one choice. Then you have to move on.



Software industry's false choice for governments

,----[ Quote ]
| At Microsoft's Public Sector CIO Summit this
| week, Microsoft is promising governments
| "choice," a theme normally reserved for the
| freedom-loving open-source set.
| But Microsoft's "choice" campaign is all about
| giving governments the option to step into the
| Google-blessed cloud realm without leaving the
| comfort of their Windows/Office/etc.
| environments. For some, and perhaps many, this
| may be just the sort of safe choice they're
| seeking.


Reader: Steve Jobs says no tethering between iPad and iPhone

,----[ Quote ]
| Steve Jobs appears to have fired off a
| tersely worded email reply to a user in
| Sweden who asked whether the WiFi-only iPad
| could be tethered to the iPhone: "No."



MS âSoftware Choiceâ scheme a clever fraud

,----[ Quote ]
| Microsoft's new "Software Choice" campaign is all for your right to choose...
| as long as you choose Microsoft. It's too bad that Intel and the U.S.
| Government couldn't see through the rhetoric.
| Microsoft is worried about Peruvian Congressman Edgar Villanueva's proposal
| for his nation's government agencies to standardize on Free Software for
| their own internal use. But Villanueva makes an important point: everybody
| has to deal with the government. If a government uses proprietary software,
| its citizens will probably have to use the same software to communicate with
| it. A government web site that only supports Internet Explorer would lock
| citizens into that Microsoft product. In contrast, a government site using
| open standards and avoiding patented software would allow citizens to choose
| between many different kinds of software to access the site.

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