Microsoft's Death Embrace

Story: Mark Russinovich, Microsoft Azure CTO, tells All Things Open attendees to pass their resumes upTotal Replies: 12
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penguinist

Oct 21, 2015
1:28 PM EST
Oh I can't tell you how predictable this is. Think of how many times we have observed this scenario:

Phase 1: EMBRACE

Mark Russinovich wrote:Microsoft is now embracing Linux and open-source software


Phase 2: EXTEND

Microsoft is now recruiting open source developers to help them carry out this phase.

Phase 3: EXTINGUISH

Time will tell how Microsoft chooses to implement this phase. I can hardly wait to watch their attempt.

gus3

Oct 21, 2015
2:25 PM EST
Phase 3 will have M$ putting the Open Source developers under contract with non-compete clauses, so they can't go anywhere else, setting in motion a brain-drain in the FOSS community.
Ridcully

Oct 21, 2015
3:29 PM EST
I have just had the effects of Microsoft's embrace.......UEFI.......need I say more ?
JaseP

Oct 22, 2015
3:01 AM EST
Quoting: Phase 3 will have M$ putting the Open Source developers under contract with non-compete clauses, so they can't go anywhere else, setting in motion a brain-drain in the FOSS community.


Too many developers for that to work,... It's like Hercules trying to cut the heads off the hydra (except with a losing result).
cr

Oct 22, 2015
4:57 AM EST
Bus factor.
jdixon

Oct 22, 2015
7:39 AM EST
When Microsoft stops suing Android manufacturers for bogus patent infringements, then you'll know they love Linux. When they release versions of their software that run on Linux, then you'll know they love Linux. Until then it's just talk.
Ridcully

Oct 22, 2015
8:57 PM EST
I don't think any Linux fan could disagree with those sentiments jdixon. Well said !!
BernardSwiss

Oct 22, 2015
10:02 PM EST
Quoting: When Microsoft stops suing Android manufacturers for bogus patent infringements, then you'll know they love Linux. When they release versions of their software that run on Linux, then you'll know they love Linux. Until then it's just talk.


That's too... ummm... obvious... ?

It's just not going to convince the many, many folks who, in the final analysis, don't want to accept (and apparently just choose to not remember) just how underhandedly Microsoft is prepared to conduct itself, and has repeatedly shown itself to be comfortable with doing so.

There's this sort of open-eyed amnesia, not just in the "mainstream media", but also in the technology-oriented media, and pervading an astonishing proportion of IT departments and computing techies. (Sometimes I think it must be contagious, and residing in a "pool" of resident carriers, like some recurring, endemic disease.)
mbaehrlxer

Oct 22, 2015
10:45 PM EST
Quoting:When Microsoft stops suing Android manufacturers for bogus patent infringements, then you'll know they love Linux. When they release versions of their software that run on Linux, then you'll know they love Linux.


When they pay developers to contribute to Wine, then you'll know they love Linux.

greetings, eMBee.
Ridcully

Oct 22, 2015
11:20 PM EST
BernardSwiss, you ain't seen nuttin'. Virtually every government IT department in Australia at Federal and State levels is staffed by people who do not believe anything exists outside the universe created by Microsoft.....and that is the Australian tragedy. They simply will NOT examine/consider/try to understand anything that is not created by the Redmond Empire.

What is so desperately sad, is that all those governments are trying desperately to save money.......need I say more ? The Brits are now realising that Microsoft is simply a black hole down which their cash disappears.....and more EU countries are doing the same.....Australia though ? Doesn't want to know and the Microsoft devotees in the IT departments make sure that it continues the same way. It's just so very sad.
CFWhitman

Oct 23, 2015
7:30 AM EST
I've gotten the impression over the last several years that Microsoft has more of a grip on the Australian market than even the US market, and I've always thought that was odd.
arm

Oct 23, 2015
11:22 AM EST
The Australian government are sadly lacking in any sort of nouse when it comes to IT or pretty much any sort of technology. In my mind it stretches back to the Menzies era when the government decided we where no more than a 'meat and potatoes' producer and had no room for technological endeavours.

Case in point be CSIRAC.
Ridcully

Oct 23, 2015
3:42 PM EST
There are some places where vendor lockin is going to be very hard to deal with in Australia. For instance, the pharmaceutical prescription software runs on Windows and is therefore part of every doctor/specialists software and ensures that they MUST run Windows. And there are other equally problematical software lockins.....BUT..there is NO doubt that Australia at all govt. levels could save an enormous amount by moving to the free office suite ......Libre Office......The UK has finally realised it, but the Redmond blinkers remain secure for Australian IT. Another problem is that change will only come if the politicians realise that a move like the UK's will save huge amounts and of course, they are "advised" by their Microsoft dominated IT departments. This is even more disturbing than a vendor lockin because it is an IT mental lockin.

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