|FROM ||Jeremy Hogan
|SUBJECT ||Re: (fwd) Re: [hangout] Microsoft speeds up "Open Source" campaign
On Tue, 2003-04-22 at 11:52, Adam Kosmin wrote:
> Fellow Ambassadors,
> This editor needs to be held accountable for helping in Microsoft's plan to confuse the line that separates Shared Source and FOSS. Rather than overload this list with the emails that have been exchanged between myself, The New York Linux Scene (NYLXS), and certain representatives of this publication, I'll just say that a fair amount of tension has arisen and I've been given the impression that no correction will be made. Therefore, I'm calling out to the members of this group to stand up and hold this publication accountable by writing to Mike Magee at mike.magee-at-theinquirer.net
> Here is the link, followed by my observations:
> Microsoft speeds up "Open Source" campaign
> Windows open in new office. Blind panic?
> 1. The use of "Open Source" is inappropriate since Microsoft's Shared Source Initiative is an all together different animal. As such, the use
> of "Open Source" (with or without quotes) provides a great opportunity to confuse newcomers. A casual glance at a headline like this inflicts damage on the FOSS community when the newcomer interprets the statement to mean "Microsoft is doing Open Source too.... YAY!".
This, to me, is the biggest danger. Open Source is a legal term that
cannot be arbitrarily applied. Either you adhere to the Open Source
definition, or you do not. I would be willing to bet Larry Rosen at OSI
would be interested in this.
As Ken can confirm, one of the things the M$ thugs asked for first was
the removal of any F/OSS definition. Crafty.
It's obvious that appearing open is all they care about, rather than
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