I told you so as did countless others.....
I dont want to be the guy who does it.... but damn if Im not going to remind people as much now as before: NOTHING HAS CHANGED in Microsoft stance.
I dont care which janitor or low level manager they send to conferences to say sweet nothings about OSS (because we now they try extra hard not ot even mention the word free software), the people who run the company have shown no change in their position.
As a Red Hat user, I was told that I owe Microsoft money because Red Hat Linux has stolen IP it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5B0GTYfPoMo
(notice which distro is 'legit' because they payed for the rights of using those patents)
Find me ONE instance where the CEO of Microsoft has said anything different in the past 24months. Take your time, it might take you a long time because there isnt.
Im not a skeptic but Im not a doe eyed twit either. You might want to believe they have changed but everything that I hear from the leadership at Redmond says its business as usual.
The guy who runs the company hasnt changed his tune and guess what? That's who matters.
I dont bother asking some pencil pusher at Apple for the position of the company on something, I read what Jobs has to say.
Im not sure the position of the president on some foreign policy matter (like what kind of democracy needs military bases in over 120 countries?) do I read/listen to what he says or what some secretary in the steno pool has to say?
Feel free to let me know what Ballmer has said/done in the past 24months which makes you think that Microsoft has changed because the reasons given so far like they gave money (petty cash for them) to Apache and some conferences are just pathetic.
There are also now tons of internal Microsoft documents available online from recent court cases which show the methods and tactics that Microsoft uses. Feel free to peruse the emails from Gates, Ballmer and top executives and see how they work.
Then tell me how they love us and that FLOSS has nothing to fear.