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[News] [Rival] Microsoft Tried to Regain Control from the Back Door

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Microsoft Tried to Regain Control from the Back Door
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 25 Nov 2007 23:19:52 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
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Fedora 8, KDE4, GNOME Remote Desktop, JeOS, gOS, Android boom. Where should
Windows 7 go.

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| In the recent few month, we almost see a boom of Linux. Fedora 8, KDE4, GNOME 
| Remote Desktop, Wal-Mart's $199 Linux PC, Android all brought much of our 
| attention away from Microsoft. The trend of operating system design is also 
| splitting with the introduction of JeOS, gOS allowing older PCs to suffice 
| for our daily uses.    
| [...]
| The man sees the future but he's not the only one he sees that unfortunately. 
| So if Microsoft were to succeed with Windows 7, I would offer something 
| like "Your Windows Everywhere" online which is a remote operating system that 
| you can access everywhere. It will give the users a chance to see how neat 
| that works and how Microsoft is capable of offering such a great experience 
| and convey the promise of a much better experience of Windows 7 in 
| integration with a remote operating system.      


Sharepoint and why ODF, CDF, and other file formats may not matter much

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| While most of the open-source world sleeps, Microsoft is gearing up for a 
| truly innovative take on its next-generation operating system. Sharepoint, 
| not Windows, is the future of Microsoft's intended dominance.  



Is Microsoft Hijacking Open Source?

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| What really worries me is what looks like an emerging pattern in Microsoft's 
| behaviour. The EU agreement is perhaps the first fruit of this, but I predict 
| it will not be the last. What is happening is that Microsoft is effectively 
| being allowed to define the meaning of “open source” as it wishes, not as 
| everyone else understands the term. For example, in the pledge quoted above, 
| an open source project is “not commercially distributed by its 
| participants” - and this is a distinction also made by Kroes and her FAQ.      
| In this context, the recent approval of two Microsoft licences as 
| officially “open source” is only going to make things worse. Although I felt 
| this was the right decision – to have ad hoc rules just because it's 
| Microsoft would damage the open source process - I also believe it's going to 
| prove a problem. After all, it means that Microsoft can rightfully point to 
| its OSI-approved licences as proof that open source and Microsoft no longer 
| stand in opposition to each other. This alone is likely to perplex people who 
| thought they understood what open source meant.       
| [...]
| What we are seeing here are a series of major assaults on different but 
| related fields – open source, open file formats and open standards. All are 
| directed to one goal: the hijacking of the very concept of openness. If we 
| are to stop this inner corrosion, we must point out whenever we see wilful 
| misuse and lazy misunderstandings of the term, and we must strive to make the  
| real state of affairs quite clear. If we don't, then core concepts like “open 
| source” will be massaged, kneaded and pummelled into uselessness.     


Will Microsoft Buy the New Citrix?  

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| VMware, holding some 85 percent of the market, with its VI3 technologies 
| offers a fully integrated stack and represents a third generation of 
| virtualization technology, while Viridian and Xen-based products, including 
| SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, XenEnterprise 
| and Virtual Iron, remain second-generation products, the report stated.    


Heady Days for Virtual Systems

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| The former Microsoft Latest News about Microsoft general manager is
| now vice president of XenSource, a Palo Alto, Calif., virtualization 
| company with a growing outpost in Redmond, Wash.


What the XenSource deal says about open source

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| This is what Citrix is paying for. That and a close relationship with 
| Microsoft that looks likely to get closer. “We will be building dynamic 
| virtualization services and management tools on top of Viridian,” Levine 
| added. “We will build the same set of products we’ve built on top of Xen for 
| Viridian. We’ve already hired a team to go do that up in Redmond.”    
| While Citrix maintained it will continue support for the Xen project, this 
| deal is not about a proprietary vendor getting open source religion. It's 
| about grabbing an emerging player in a rapidly expanding sector of the 
| market.   


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