FOSS Week in Review
Swiss cloud with, presumably, no holes
Back when the Edward Snowden brouhaha first began, we said that this was going to have serious repercussions on the tech sector here in the United States, especially after it became evident that Microsoft was actively working with the spooks by allegedly designing back doors into their operating system and keeping federal intelligence agents informed about unpatched security holes that could be used against foreign governments and “terrorist,” which now [...]
Continue reading Chrome Clamps Down, Bitcoin Vulnerability & More…
The results of our “One Size Fits All” poll on phone and PC interfaces are in. Once again, we find that our thinking doesn’t match the majority.
Microsoft got themselves in a heck of a mess when they insisted their users should happily adopt their phone interface on their desktops. This didn’t work out well, with Windows PC users pretty much refusing to upgrade to Windows 8. Since then, Microsoft has backed down somewhat with version 8.1, but it’s too [...]
Continue reading Poll: Phone & PC Should Have Different Interfaces
On Halloween, the day after we posted an article on Ross Gardler’s presentation on Microsoft’s behalf before an open source audience in North Carolina, a FOSS Force reader posted a comment:
“Microsoft has made a lot of upstream contributions in the last two years, a lot more than our friends at Canonical have.
“I’d say that Microsoft is very difficult to trust, but they are probably more committed to FOSS than Canonical.
“‘We will know that day has arrived when [...]
Continue reading Microsoft & Friends Define ‘Commitment to Openness’
Here on the morning of the second and last day of the All Things Open conference I took advantage of the opportunity to hear Microsoft’s take on open source. The presentation was offered by Ross Gardler who’s worked for Redmond for about a year. Mr. Gardler is also President of the Apache Foundation.
Continue reading All Things Open: Microsoft Explains Open Source