EditorsAbout the SiteComes vs. MicrosoftUsing This Web SiteSite ArchivesCredibility IndexOOXMLOpenDocumentPatentsNovellNews DigestSite NewsRSS

11.28.07

Turbolinux Kisses Microsoft in Public

Posted in Interoperability, Microsoft, Turbolinux at 3:00 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

In what seems like a promotional press release for Microsoft, Turbolinux talks about something which is called “Interop Vendor Alliance”. Remember WSPP and MCPP [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7]? The release from Turbolinux itself states:

“Microsoft is pleased that Turbolinux has joined the Interop Vendor Alliance,” said Sam Rosenbalm, Interop Vendor Alliance manager, Microsoft Corporation. “We are very excited about collaborating with Turbolinux to build a bridge between open source and commercial technologies that benefits the entire IT ecosystem.”

They are very determined to make it look like mutual love (maybe just an unhappy married couple that keeps up appearance). It’s part of an attempt to create an exclusionary corporate club of Linuxes that are ‘permitted’ to merely communicate with peers.

Having witnessed Microsoft tying and bending companies’ arms when these companies issue their own press releases (sometimes the press releases are part of the contract), this seems rather disturbing. More information about this will come shortly.

Steve Ballmer license

Image from Wikimedia

Share this post: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Reddit
  • co.mments
  • DZone
  • email
  • Google Bookmarks
  • LinkedIn
  • NewsVine
  • Print
  • Technorati
  • TwitThis
  • Facebook

If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

Pages that cross-reference this one

5 Comments

  1. SubSonica said,

    November 28, 2007 at 8:55 am

    Gravatar

    Also mind the fallacious distinction introduced here:

    “bridge between open source and commercial technologies”

    There is no need to such a “bridge” since open source can be perfectly commercial. They keep insisting in their view of a world in which only proprietary software was profitable, and they try to project that view in every marketing PR move they make, while at the same time kind of dismissing the viability of “open source” (and mind this: they ALWAYS refuse talk about FREE(dom) software) as “business ready” as if open source needed some kind of proprietary clutches (what they call “bridge”) in order to be allowed by them to compete in the software market (which they view as their private backyard -as stated by Microsoft execs in disclosed Iowa memos-)

    I really can not grasp how linux distributors cave to such marketing exercises

  2. SubSonica said,

    November 28, 2007 at 9:04 am

    Gravatar

    FTR.:

    http://blogs.msdn.com/jasonmatusow/archive/2006/11/15/thank-you-for-the-feedback.aspx#1115720

    IMHO: Jason Matusow’s entire blog is a phenomenal exercise of spin, disinformation and intoxication contributing to create a mindset farvourable for Microsoft campaign at proprietarizing and eeeing FOSS.

  3. SubSonica said,

    November 28, 2007 at 9:17 am

    Gravatar

    Also I forgot to mention something:

    “IMHO: Jason Matusow’s entire blog is a phenomenal exercise of spin, disinformation and intoxication”

    …and CYNISM.

    The comment I wanted referred to in the Matusow blog (comment anchors seem not to work in MSDNs blog):

    # D Patrick said:

    commercial proprietary

    oh.. and one more thing;

    I see in recent talks, that Microsoft executives have given, the language used is “commercial vs. open source” software. This is a clever bit of mind manipulation, suggesting that OSS cannot be commercial. Bill Gates went to far as to say that the intentions of FOSS developers was to ensure that nobody could make money with it, but that’s completely untrue. Just ask IBM, or RedHat, or even Novell, not to mention the legion of consultants who use FOSS daily.

    The accurate comparison is “proprietary” vs. “open source” and to suggest otherwise is deceptive, manipulative and underhanded. I encourage anyone who see this doublespeak to correct it every time.

  4. Anonymous said,

    November 28, 2007 at 10:48 am

    Gravatar

    Sounds like you never heard of Interop Vendor Alliance before. Microsoft is there member, also Novell and Linspire. So it must be a real evil organization, right? ;-) Looking forward to your “disclosures”.

  5. Roy Schestowitz said,

    November 28, 2007 at 1:49 pm

    Gravatar

    Jason Matusow’s entire blog is a phenomenal exercise of spin, disinformation and intoxication contributing to create a mindset farvourable for Microsoft campaign at proprietarizing and eeeing FOSS.

    I wrote at least two blog posts here covering Jason Matusow lies. The man is a snake.

    I really can not grasp how linux distributors cave to such marketing exercises

    Mind you, I’m fairly certain that Linspire and Xandros got financially compensated for this charade, just like Novell. They are private companies though, so disclosure is not needed, if I understand this correctly (Groklaw). All that anti-FOSS pitch is something they’ll happily accept if the spouse brings home the bacon. In Linspire’s case, you saw the CEO (Carmony) even joining the FUD-spitting act.

    Bill Gates went to far as to say that the intentions of FOSS developers was to ensure that nobody could make money with it, but that’s completely untrue.

    The “communism” stereotype from several years ago was part of this. There’s a lot more to be said about misleading, self-serving use of terminology.

What Else is New


  1. Links 24/6/2016: Xen Project 4.7, Cinnamon 3.0.6

    Links for the day



  2. Benoît Battistelli Should Resign in Light of New Leak of Decision in His Vendetta Against Truth-Telling Judge (Updated)

    Benoît Battistelli continues to break the EPO's own rules, not just national laws, as a new decision helps reveal



  3. Fake Patents on Software From Fake Australian 'Inventor' of Bitcoin and the Globally-Contagious Nature of EPO Patent Scope

    News from Australia regarding software patents that should not be granted and how patent lawyers from Australia rely on European patent law (EPO and UK-IPO) for guidance on patent scope



  4. Patent Lawyers Love (and Amplify) Halo and Enfish, Omit or Dismiss Cuozzo and Alice

    By misinterpreting the current situation with respect to software patents and misusing terms like "innovation" patent lawyers and others in the patent microcosm hope to convince the public (or potential clients) that nothing in effect has changed and software patents are all fine and dandy



  5. Looks Increasingly Plausible That Battistelli is Covering up Bogus and/or Illegally-Obtained 'Evidence' From the EPO's Investigative Unit

    Why we believe that Benoît Battistelli is growingly desperate to hide evidence of rogue evidence-collecting operations which eventually landed himself -- not the accused -- in a catastrophic situation that can force his resignation



  6. As Decision on the UK's EU Status Looms, EPO Deep in a Crisis of Patent Quality

    Chaotic situation at the EPO and potential changes in the UK cause a great deal of debate about the UPC, which threatens to put the whole or Europe at the mercy of patent trolls from abroad



  7. Another Demonstration by European Patent Office (EPO) Staff on Same Day as Administrative Council's Meeting

    SUEPO (staff union of the EPO) continues to organise staff actions against extraordinary injustice by Benoît Battistelli and his flunkies whom he gave top positions at the EPO



  8. Links 23/6/2016: Red Hat Results, Randa Stories

    Links for the day



  9. Interview With FOSSForce/All Things Free Tech

    New interview with Robin "Roblimo" Miller on behalf of FOSSForce



  10. Links 22/6/2016: PulseAudio 9.0, GNOME 3.21.3 Released

    Links for the day



  11. IP Europe's UPC Lobbying and the EPO Connection

    The loose but seemingly ever-growing connections between AstroTurfing groups like IP Europe (pretending to represent SMEs) and EPO staff which is lobbying-centric



  12. EPO “Recruitment of Brits is Down by 80%”

    Letter says that “recruitment of Brits is down by 80%” and "the EPO lost 7% of UK staff in one year"



  13. The Conspiracy of Patent Lawyers for UPC and Battistelli's Role in Preparing by Firing People

    The parasitic firms that lobby for the UPC and actually create it -- firms like those that pass money to Battistelli's EPO -- are doing exactly the opposite of what Europe needs



  14. Patent Lawyers, Having Lost Much of the Battle for Software Patents in the US, Resort to Harmful Measures and Spin

    A quick glance at how patent lawyers and their lobbyists/advocates have reacted to the latest decision from the US Supreme Court (Justice Breyer)



  15. Links 21/6/2016: Fedora 24 and Point Linux MATE 3.2 Officially Released

    Links for the day



  16. Supreme Court on Cuozzo v Lee Another Major Loss for Software Patents in the United States

    Much-anticipated decision on the Cuozzo v Lee case (at the highest possible level) serves to defend the appeal boards which are eliminating software patents by the thousands



  17. As Alice Turns Two, Bilski Blog Says 36,000 (Software) Patent Applications Have Been Rejected Thanks to It

    A look back at the legacy of Alice v CLS Bank and how it contributed to the demise of software patents in the United States, the birthplace of software patents



  18. EPO Self-Censorship by IP Kat or Just Censorship of Opinions That IP Kat Does Not Share/Accept (Updated)

    ree speech when it's needed the most (EPO scandals) needs to be respected; or why IP Kat shoots itself in the foot and helps the EPO's management by 'sanitising' comments



  19. Caricature: Bygmalion Patent Office

    The latest cartoon regarding Battistelli's European Patent Office



  20. Links 21/6/2016: GNU/Linux in China's HPC, Linux 4.7 RC4

    Links for the day



  21. Under Battistelli's Regime the EPO is a Lawless, Dark Place

    How the EPO's Investigative Unit (IU) and Control Risks Group (CRG), which is connected to the Stasi through Desa, made the EPO virtually indistinguishable from East Germany (coat of arms/emblem above)



  22. New Paper Demonstrates That Unitary Patent (UPC) is Little More Than a Conspiracy of Patent 'Professionals' and Their Self Interest

    Dr. Ingve Björn Stjerna's latest paper explains that the UPC “expert teams” are in fact not experts but people who are using the UPC as a Trojan horse by which to promote their business interests and corporate objectives



  23. Money Flying to Private Companies Without Tenders at Battistelli's EPO (by the Tens of Millions!)

    Extravagant and cushy contracts to the tune of tens of millions of Euros are being issued without public scrutiny and without opportunities to competition (few corporations easily score cushy EPO contracts while illusion of tendering persists -- for small jobs only)



  24. Patent Examiners and Insiders Acknowledge Profound Demise in Patent Quality Under Battistelli

    By lowering the quality of patents granted by the European Patent Office Battistelli hopes to create an illusion of success, where success is not measured properly and is assessed by biased firms which he finances



  25. Jericho Systems Threatens Alice, Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Threatens the Patent Trial and Appeal (PTAB)

    A look at the two latest threats to those who helped put an end to a lot of (if not most) software patents in the US



  26. How the Halo Electronics Case Helps Patent Trolls and How Publications Funded by Patent Trolls (IAM for Instance) Covered This

    A Supreme Court ruling on patents, its implications for software patent trolls, and how media that is promoting software patents and patent trolls covered it



  27. Patent Lawyers' Fantasy Land Where Software Patents Are Suddenly Resurrected Even When They're Not

    A quick glance at where the debate over software patents in the United States stands and how profiteers (such as patent lawyers) not only mislead the public but also bully the messengers



  28. Links 19/6/2016: Randa Over, Fedora 24 Release Soon

    Links for the day



  29. [ES] La Oficina Europea de Patentes de Battistelli Amplia su Contrato con el Nefasto FTI Consulting Para Neutralizar a los Medios, Desperdicia Millones de Euros

    Sacando a luz a lo que pasa con el presupuésto de la EPO y como es puesto “a trabajar” bajo la tiranía sin precedente de Battistelli (Eponia) justo en el corazón de Europa



  30. [ES] Oportunos ‘Regalos’ de Battistelli a los Estados Miembros (Poco antes de que Ellos Puedan — y Deberían — Despedirlo)

    Regalso de la EPO (dinero) ofrecido condicionalmente (bajo revisión) días antes de que los países envíén sus delegados para que potenciálmente despidan a Battistelli, lo que ciértamente deberían hacer, y lo último del juicio de un juez nos sugiere que Battistelli está determinado a destruír a las salas con ayuda de esos delegados


CoPilotCo

RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channel: Come and chat with us in real time

CoPilotCo

Recent Posts