Microsoft keeps its habit

Even after Microsoft explanations things haven’t changed: As things stand, Windows 8 certified systems will make it either more difficult or impossible to install alternative operating systems. via mjg59 | UEFI secure booting (part 2).

Gmail Man vs MS Office 365 vs You

Microsoft released a series of videos featuring Gmailman, a nosy mailman that reads your email in order to send you advertising. It would  be funny, if it was a video done by EFF or FreedomBox promoting privacy enhanced alternatives. Instead, it’s Microsoft promoting its ‘cloud’ based product, which is equally bad for its users although…

First action from Microsoft after buying Skype

Every time Microsoft has the chance to demonstrate it can play nice with free software/open source companies, they fail. After buying Skype, Microsoft has canceled the agreement with Digium for the Asterisk/Skype bridge. As Simon says: In one move, we have illustrated the risk of a hybrid open source model, the danger of dependency on…

How is Google damaging consumers?

I kept this post as draft since I read Wired’s article about Google and their supposed dominant position. Today I read again about the new investigation of US Antitrust targeting bigG because it holds too much market share in online advertising and advertisers are getting upset.  I can’t understand why an antitrust agency is taking…

Microsoft pulls the antitrust trigger

I love it: Microsoft calls the European antitrust authorities against Google. Ironic. And a waste of time: the consumer is not harmed by Google, consumers are getting software and services for free. Interoperability is saved and guarded. Case dismissed.

Microsoft cannot be trusted

My friend Gianugo Rabellino has a tough job trying to help Microsoft clean up its image of anti-open source company. The best comment I read about its latest attack on Android and Linux (the ebook reader is just an excuse, I agree with Steve J. Vaughan-Nichols) using the equivalent of nuclear weapons (software patents) is…

GPLv3 and mobile app stores

The (supposed) incompatibility of GPL, especially GPLv3 and mobile app stores is still here and growing bigger: The rules for Microsoft’s Windows Phone Marketplace appear to mean that even Microsoft’s own MS-RL open source license is banned. And perhaps Nokia should worry too. via Microsoft Bans Its Own License (updated twice) – Simon Says….

Why I wish I could reject your email attachment

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today launched a campaign calling on all computer users to start politely rejecting email attachments sent in secret and proprietary formats: for freedom and the good of the web!  I believe that open standards are the best form to convey information and I think that attachments contribute to spread proprietary…

How to promote GNU and Software Freedom on 5th Avenue for free

Get this: Microsoft execs are desperately trying to reach kids and hipsters (pretending Windows is a cool brand) that they allow anybody to broadcast their tweets in the store window at legendary Saks on Fifth Avenue New York. So here is your chance: tweet about software freedom, GNU, and Windows7sins using the #holidaywindows hashtag. And…

I wish antitrust bodies didn’t exist

My good friend Carlo Piana, the lawyer that helped Samba and FSFE in the antitrust trial Microsoft against the European Commission, says today: priority #1 is to keep a close eye on the only overdominant company in the IT market But given the outcome of the trial, with Microsoft getting a ‘get out of jail…