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Comment 90% of responses here miss the point (Score 1) 557

It's about principles. FOSS isn't about saving $$ (though by most objective measures that does happen) ... FOSS is about the principles of openness and liberty. Windows ... is about the principles of corporatism and pay-to-play. Note I didn't say capitalism ... corporatism.

Comment Y'all can't see why pardoning would be critical? (Score 3, Insightful) 564

Everyone's all "he's such a weasel, yeah like we didn't see this coming" ... c'mon, you can't see in his case why it would be critical whether Manning was pardoned vs. just let out early?? C'mon, use those brains God gave you to see through your personal prejudices on the issue.

Comment Rant Less, Read More (Score 1) 162

The allegation isn't that VMware uses the Linux kernel, or that "VMware is linux" or whatever straw man you're attacking ... the allegation is specific to SCSI subsystem code that Hellwig wrote for the Linux kernel. There's been reasonably credible evidence they did use that specific code (which is from the main kernel tree, not a driver). No one is claiming that VMware "stole" Linux as a whole and is using it.

Comment Re:Didn't Sony just lose a lawsuit over this? (Score 1) 141

I think in Sony's case, they lost because they had explicitly marketed the Playstation 3 as supporting Linux - then took away the capability. The way law works, I doubt the Sony case establishes any usable precedent for when a company starts OUT being a dick, as opposed to later deciding to become one.

Comment Java was SUCH a failed attempt to extinguish by MS (Score 1) 57

I embrace what you're saying - but to extend the thought - it's interesting that Java as a desktop application language has been resurrected, as long as you squint just right and allow yourself to recognize that mobile devices are the new desktop, and Android has the large majority share there. So, almost all of the apps on the most prevalent OS in the world, by many counts, are based on Java. I would call that a failed attempt to extinguish, even leaving aside Java's prevalence on the server side.

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