Bad marketing is one thing. Bald-faced lying is another. In case you’ve missed it, there was a flap over a fake “switch” webpage that Microsoft put up the other day. Gruber has the story in his site, Daring Fireball.
gave a very interesting speech last week, which has (of course) been published on his site: Viridian Note 00325: Open Source Speech. Very interesting, particularly the following passage: “The result is 95% market domination by Microsoft. But that’s not a market economy. That’s not even capitalism. That is a state-capitalist, state-sanctioned monopoly that Mussolini would have smiled on. Mussolini used to give the people of Italy free radios. But they would only tune in to the fascist station. This was supposed to be the only kind of radio that people in Italy understood. This was the entirety of Italian radio as a medium. Mussolini’s radio had just one big dial on the front that said ‘Radio Zone.'”
is but one of many who are commenting on the new EULA that comes with a security patch issued by Microsoft the other day. Thomas C Greene writes in this piece: “What they feed you may be infected with viruses; it may break your applications, corrupt data files, destroy weeks or months or even years of work, but you’ll have no recourse if it does.”
, Microsoft’s newly announced “secure” OS. He pretty much nails it in my opinion. Most disturbing is the unspoken question: has Microsoft purposely kept thier current offerings vulnerable to drive demand for such a system? If you’re not up to date on Palladium, here’s a quote from the article: “…the real purpose of this stuff, I fear, is to take technology owned by nobody (TCP/IP) and replace it with technology owned by Redmond. That’s taking the Internet and turning it into MSN.”
play “brinksmanship” with the DoJ: Microsoft CEO: State Sanctions Would Destroy Windows. Idiots. It would destroy Windows because as a direct result of the previous anti-trust problems Microsoft made it so – totally their choice, and with this in mind in the first place. They tried to innoculate themselves by intertwining the browser with the OS. They now think that people didn’t realize that they were trying this all along, and that they can now scare people with the idea. I just hope the DoJ and/or the dissenting states have the pills to call their bluff.