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[News] Mozilla Celebrates with Free Software, Investors Ruin It

  • Subject: [News] Mozilla Celebrates with Free Software, Investors Ruin It
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 08 Sep 2007 14:06:21 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
September 15 is Software Freedom Day

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| Mozilla will be participating of the celebration with a number of conferences 
| in Utah, California, North Carolina and China during the days before, 
| concluding with Mozilla24 scheduled for the same day.  


Public Good and Mozilla

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| Before someone flames me, for-profit corporations are, by definition, run for 
| profit and to enrich the value of the corporation for the share holders. 


And then they disown Thunderbird.


Can a Public Good Survive Corporate Interest?

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| Perhaps it’s inevitable that community-driven development, maintenance, and 
| support will reduce markets for proprietary software up and down all of the 
| stacks. Perhaps the most successful projects will have the strong support of 
| businesses.   
| Do you want to rely on their goodwill to allow you to use, study, and 
| redistribute software as you see fit? Are you willing to take the risk that 
| they will encourage a healthy commons which allows you to use your data as 
| you see fit?   


For GNU/Linux Matters Freedom is Key

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| The team at GNU/Linux Matters have clarified their comments about the 
| venerable Linux.org site. Their position is that the site is too 
| commercialized and outdated to be of much use, especially to the newcomers it 
| is supposed to help.   


Microsoft -- Growth play, value play, or just lousy play?

,----[  Gist ]
| 1) Fact: Microsoft stock has performed abysmally over the past 5 years
| 2) Fact: Investors have been more than patient
| 3) Fact: Management's statements are at odds with observable facts and the 
|    stock's performance 
| 4) Fact: The leadership team's actual track record of investments is 
|    decidedly mixed, if not in fact poor. 
| 5) Fact: Management is arguing with the market and results, and shareholders 
|    are paying the freight for that hubris and failure 
| 6) Fact: External shareholder are the majority owners of this company


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