Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 23rd Jul 2009 22:53 UTC, submitted by Remy Chi Jian Suen
Editorial So, Microsoft submits 20000 lines of code to the Linux kernel, all licensed under the GPL. Microsoft, who considers Linux a great threat, and once called the GPL a "cancer". Opinions on this one are flying all around us, but what does Linus Torvalds, Linux' benevolent dictator, think about all this?
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RE[6]: Comment by lmjabreu
by lemur2 on Fri 24th Jul 2009 01:24 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by lmjabreu"
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Well, first, they don't say they support MS, they just give their opinion on how they think the GPL is "viral". And opinion as valid as anyone who thinks the contrary, no need for paranoia.

If you read a typical FOSS misinformation post, the very first thing that is claimed is that the poster is not a supporter of Microsoft.

It is like a form letter ...

"I'm no fan of Microsoft, but ..."

It must be a template from the very first pages of the "Astroturfing 101" textbook.

An opening phrase of this form is, paradoxically, becoming a kind of a flag that you can use to find astroturfing posters.

Edited 2009-07-24 01:26 UTC

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