Third time is the charm?
Posted Mar 2, 2009 23:20 UTC (Mon) by qg6te2
Parent article: Third time is the charm?
Parts of Microsoft (especially those represented by Mr. Ramji) have been making friendly noises toward open source for some time. But actions speak louder than friendly noises, and this particular action speaks loudly indeed. Parts of Microsoft are almost certainly sincere about wanting to get along with the Linux community, but the stronger forces within the company, it seems, are not.
While I almost always enjoy articles written by our great editor, this is a rare instance where the case is otherwise. The above-quoted diplomacy tries to paint Microsoft as a "half-friendly" company, which it never was and almost certainly never will be. The "stronger forces" are the people that matter within Microsoft: the upper management, where all the decisions and final steering is made.
It is entirely possible that certain parts of Microsoft are cozing up with the Open Source community simply to soften Microsoft's overall image. However, this is nothing more than a marketing exercise -- it's the final actions of Microsfot that matter. A tiger never loses its stripes:
Microsoft is an extremely aggressive beast which will do anything to maintain and extend its market share, including copping big fines and actions which cross the boundary of legality.
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