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[News] [Rival] Microsoft Spreads FOSS FUD, Shows Sheer Arrogrance

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Getting Open Source Right

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| Like most assumptions about open source from Microsoft, a big piece of the 
| overall picture is conveniently left out. 
| The context of Matusow's blog entry is a trip he recently took to South 
| Africa where he had talks about interoperability and open source issues. As 
| noted in a Tectonic article, Matusow's visit fell around the same time the 
| South African government was approving the OpenDocument Format (ODF) for 
| government use. (Funny...)     
| [...]
| Matusow then goes on to make another, more specific, assumption about South 
| Africa. Their local developers don't seem to have the skill set to do any 
| real contributions to OSS anyway, so the benefit of local participation is 
| lost on them anyway.   
| Ignoring the fact that this is the single most arrogant thing I think I have 
| heard anyone say about a nation's potential (I'll let my colleagues take that 
| part of the argument on), who is Matusow to say anything about who can code 
| what for Linux and OSS? Is you said "nobody," you're absolutely right.    


Earlier today:

Then, they fight you

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| That was two days ago but yesterday we were notified that the Microsoft 
| representative in charge with the education strategy had requested the 
| organizers to pull the Ubuntu presentation because it is 'unfair competition' 
| to hold such a presentation at an event sponsored by them. They are indeed 
| co-sponsors but the conference is organized by the Ministry of Education and 
| its local office, and is being held on the premises of a public University.     



South Africans don’t understand OSS - Microsoft

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| Despite having an open source strategy the South African government doesn’t
| really understand how to benefit from OSS. This is according to Microsoft
| director of corporate standards, Jason Matusow. Matusow, who was in South
| Africa on an “external outreach” trip around the time SA adopted ODF as a
| national standard, writes on his blog that not only does government not
| understand how to benefit from open source software, but South Africans were
| unlikely to ever do any “deep” development work on Linux.

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