canopic jug writes:
Microsoft's tactics against GNU/Linux have not changed much in two decades, they're just framed differently, nowadays the attacks are masqueraded as friendship and proxies are used more than before. So as a fresh look at how these established tactics are used currently to attack Free Software, a guest poster at TechRights has summarized them in a ten-chapter handbook, aptly named A Handbook for Destroying the Free Software Movement. The first two chapters cover what Microsoft is now doing through GitHub, licensing, Azure, Visual Studio, Vista10, and its other components foisted on developers. Other chapters cover manipulation of media coverage, OEM lock-in, use of attack proxies, and software patents. Most of all, these tactics have stayed true to the plans outlined over 20 years ago in the Halloween Documents.
It's written a bit tongue in cheek from Microsoft's perspective. Some material is drawn from Comes v Microsoft (aka The Iowa Case) and, as mentioned, the leaked internal memos known as the Halloween Documents.
thus that it ever was. thus that it ever shall be. amen.
Our father, who art in RedmondMicrosoft be thy nameThy monopoly comeThy will be doneThroughout the earth as it is in the USGive us this dayOur daily license activation keyAnd forgive us our bug reportsAs we forgive our system crashesAnd lead us not into competitionBut deliver us from innovationFor thine is the Control and the Power and the GreedForeverAmen
That was exactly my point above, that it isn't that way any longer but something a bit more disturbing. But everyone is so focused on the way that they used to do things and citing that instead of current behaviors that we lose sight of the way it is working today much more insidiously.