Microsoft supports FOSDEM!

This year FOSDEM is supported by CodePlex (among other sponsors). CodePlex is Microsoft's vision/version of an "Open Source" project hub.

I don't know what strikes me more, that FOSDEM would accept dirty money or the realisation that Microsoft has completely (or so it seems) changed their minds about open source.

It was only in 2008, before Bill Gates retired from Microsoft that he said such things like:

"there is this thing called the GPL, which we disagree with."
or
[Open source creates a license] "so that nobody can ever improve the software,"

It still seems difficult for MS to integrate the term "open source" completely, it's all over the CodePlex website, but on the FOSDEM page there is a link to www.microsoft.com/opensource which redirects to www.microsoft.com/en-us/openness/default.aspx. It's as if it's too much too soon to have the term "opensource" in a microsoft url. : ]

In the end I guess one could say that Microsoft is a better place without Bill Gates. Maybe Apple will soon follow .. HAHAHAHHAHA!!

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Nux

Yes, it's a disgrace to let Microsoft involve themselves in such events. What a shame..
I will not attend any Fosdems that involve Microsoft. I wanted to go this year, but hell with it.

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manu - http://manurevah.com

Nux, I understand what you feel. I am not sure if I would totally not attend because of this, or perhaps at least send some WTF mail to the organisers who may have some valid explanations.

One of the things I see is a nice response to William Henry Gates III.. Indeed, as he has always been totally against Free Software it is quite interesting to see where some of MS money is going.

It's like imagine if Apple started doing it, Steve Jobs would probably be turning in his grave. Bill Gates can start "turning" now.

Bonus (in case you haven't already seen this): Extract of Bill Gates' Open Letter to Hobbyists .. . So yeah, according to Bill we are low life industry killing thieves.. :]
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