Red Hat's CEO at OSBC: The nature of true open-source innovation

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| With Red Hat opening the conference and Microsoft's Brad Smith giving the
| evening keynote (with many IT executives in between), it promises to be a
| killer show.
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http://blogs.cnet.com/8301-13505_1-9...bj=TheOpenRoad

"Killer show". Killer indeed. "Microsoft's Brad Smith ... keynote". More like
the death of OSBC. See also:

On advising Microsoft

http://blogs.cnet.com/8301-13505_1-9...bj=TheOpenRoad


Related:

Microsoft not so 'open' after all?

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| Head of open-source group says more than half of licenses don't pass muster
|
| [...]
|
| Michael Tiemann, president of the non-profit Open Source Initiative, said
| that provisions in three out of five of Microsoft's shared-source licenses *
| that restrict source code to running only on the Windows operating system
| would contravene a fundamental tenet of open-source licenses as laid out by
| the OSI. By those rules, code must be free for anyone to view, use, modify as
| they see fit. * *
|
| [...]
|
| By his count, the OSI has rejected "two dozen" or so license applications for
| language that restricted the use or redistribution of software and its source
| code, even when the restrictions were written with what Tiemann
| called "moral" intent. For instance, the OSI has rejected license
| applications from Quakers and other pacifists who sought to prevent the use
| of software for weapons such as landmines. * *
|
| "I am highly sympathetic to that point of view," he said. "But the OSI is not
| in the business of legislating moral use. We allow all use, commercial or
| non-commercial, mortal or medical." *
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http://www.computerworld.com/action/...c=news_ts_head


Reverse-Halloween: The Marketing Checkbox Strategy

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| Getting Microsoft software licenses OSI-approved and similarly getting
| Microsoft's proprietary document formats approved at ISO are like painting an
| old Chevrolet. *
|
| [...]
|
| This may be enough to satisfy the enterprise customer that he is achieving
| something different. Clearly, the substance is no different: it's a lock-in
| in sheep's clothing. *
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http://fussnotes.typepad.com/plexnex...rketing-c.html