Microsoft on FLOSS

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Over the holiday break, I’ve been working on a small project. I’m trying to collect up quotes from Microsoft on Linux, Free Software, and Open Source.

You can see the initial results here.

I wanted to start collecting these quotes for a lot of related issues:

* Microsoft has gotten a lot more subtle when attacking FLOSS. Often it is only through court records or other revealed privileged information that a clearer picture emerges. Without a central repository, a lot of thing just disappear down the “memory hole”.

* Microsoft is opposed to Open Source in general - not just Linux. It’s not just a competition between two operating systems. Microsoft recognizes the process and philosophy as a threat. If you use, support, or contribute to Free or Open Source, you can not afford to think “Microsoft is not my enemy” - you don’t have that choice - Microsoft has already declared you the enemy.

* Microsoft has a huge PR effort, that FLOSS just can’t match. MS is forever rolling out some study, ad campaign, website, or “initiative”. They are pretty slick with it - and it’s another internally recognized “attack” against Open Source. Maybe this project can be one small breath of fresh air in the stench of Microsoft spin.

* Informed people have informed opinions. A lot of newcomers to Linux don’t understand the “hostility” of the community towards Microsoft.