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Re: [Fsuk-manchester] [Fwd: [GeekUp] Microsoft Vice President visiting M

From: Tim Dobson
Subject: Re: [Fsuk-manchester] [Fwd: [GeekUp] Microsoft Vice President visiting Manchester this Month]
Date: Tue, 15 Sep 2009 16:10:05 +0100
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Lucy wrote:
Ah, I've not really been paying them any attention, so I'm not too
familiar with all the politics. I see the company as mostly irrelevant
and would rather concentrate on Canonical, RedHat etc. Obviously,
Microsoft are still the dominant software company but I don't think
they'll ever pay more than lip-service to FOSS and so I don't want to
pay more than lip-service to them.

interesting times :-)


One of the most interesting current debates surrounds C# and the ASP.net with regards to patent claims over mono etc. and what difficulties this could cause the free software community.

Whilst I don't have a clear opinion on this issue, this guy is being tabled as the guy who knows all you ever wanted to know about ASP.net (read took the credit for appointing the guy who wrote it or something) so it would be fascinating and possibly quite amusing to throw some questions in that direction.

Also do remember that whilst a question is unlikely to influence the decision of top dog at any company, it might help influence the decisions of IT managers looking at C# vs Python etc. who might be present.

Whilst people may see Microsoft as a dominant non-free software megacorp who is on its way out of dominance, underplaying it's significance and market share in more than just the operating system market, would be foolish.

The only difference between Apple and Adobe execs and Microsoft execs is that Apple and Adobe execs seem less willing to leave their bunkers...


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