[Linux-aus] [Fwd: Microsoft "Shared Source" Seminar details]

Leon Brooks leon at cyberknights.com.au
Mon Sep 22 11:01:01 UTC 2003

On Mon, 22 Sep 2003 10:23, Stewart Smith wrote:
> i'll be skipping an (incredibly boring) lecture to catch this talk,
> although is only for people at monash, I'd be welcome to raise any
> questions or points anybody here has.

Ask Jason why Microsoft ships SFU if GPLed software causes problems. 
That one question if no others.

Ask him how much (lines or packages) of Microsoft's software is owned by 
The SCO Group. Then follow through by asking what plans Microsoft have 
in place for dealing with The SCO Group should they become greedy and 
demand more money from Microsoft, seeing that D'ohl has been silent on 
that question when asked.

Ask him how much an open development process would have helped Microsoft 
to avoid the Timeline fiasco.

Mention that several Open Source groups are building projects which can 
feature DRM-style security, but without the central server millstone 
around their necks. Ask him if Microsoft is planning on participating 
in any such projects to keep a toehold on the technology.

If you want to get screamed at, finish by asking him if Microsoft will 
release a Linux version of MS-Office to compete with OpenOffice.org 
while there's still some point in doing so. (-:

Cheers; Leom

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