Shilling for Microsoft

June 5, 2004 at 10:10 pm | Posted in Technology | 2 Comments

Following in the footsteps of infamous Windows shills like Paul Thurrot and Lance Ulanoff, Ken Brown replies to criticisms of his hatchet job on Linux’s development. Go ahead and read the article and you’ll see the viewpoint of a person that is so pessimistic of the abilities of the human mind and spirit, preferring that we live in an oppressive world of planned corporate capitalism, whose only winner would be certain companies funding his institute. A clear case of conflict of interest is what I see.

A thread on Kuro5hin cleanly dissects and refutes of most of Brown’s response.

Free software, like scientific research, is based on building upon the work of others, whether attributed or not. What would be worthy of attribution today may be considered common knowledge ten years from now – as part of public domain knowledge taught at schools and universities. So it is with operating system kernel design. This ever-increasing body of human knowledge is something that Microsoft and the broken patent system is trying to destroy. They will not succeed.

It also goes to show that people like Ken Brown simply do not have the ability to understand or appreciate the best that people have to offer. He would have scoffed at the achievements of da Vinci, Newton, Van Gogh, Edison, and Einstein the way he is disparaging Torvalds’ work. How sad for Ken to believe that human beings cannot be capable of brilliance. Just because he and I and 99% of the population cannot create a kernel from scratch, doesn’t mean that someone else can only do so by unethical behavior.

Ken Brown – have you no shame?


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  1. You’re right – the fact that Microsoft is so wedded to the twin drugs of Office and Windows means that despite their billions of dollars and thousands of people, they cannot even conceive of a post-Windows world. Fortunately, the rest of the world can and is not willing to let their wallets be sucked dry.

  2. “Linux is a leprosy; and is having a deleterious effect on the U.S. IT industry because it is steadily depreciating the value of the software industry sector…”

    What’s got them peeved is the fact that Linux and Open Source are depreciating both Microsoft’s botton line and Big Bill’s ego as well.

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