[ubuntu-uk] Google Chrome OS Announced

Darren.Mansell at opengi.co.uk Darren.Mansell at opengi.co.uk
Wed Jul 8 15:32:42 BST 2009

> Darren.Mansell at opengi.co.uk wrote:
> [...]
> > With Microsoft, I think it's very difficult to quantify them into
> > necessarily good or bad due to their size. They undoubtedly have
> > very shady business practices but I'm sure some sections have no
> > besides making software.
> Have you seen such things as this:
> http://www.groklaw.net/articlebasic.php?story=20071023002351958
> extracts:
> ===========================
> "Independent" consultants should write columns and articles, give
> conference presentations and moderate stacked panels, all on our
> behalf (and setting them up as experts in the new technology,
> available for just $200/hour). "Independent" academic sources should
> be cultivated and quoted (and research money granted). "Independent"
> courseware providers should start profiting from their early
> involvement in our technology. Every possible source of leverage
> should be sought and turned to our advantage.
> [...]
> A stacked panel, on the other hand, is like a stacked deck: it is
> packed with people who, on the face of things, should be neutral, but
> who are in fact strong supporters of our technology.
> ===========================
> If some sections have other agendas then they will not be following
> the company manuals will they?
> --
> alan cocks
> Ubuntu user

Yes, although I'd not read that actual article. I've followed their
shenanigans for a while now mainly because I'm shocked at what they are
allowed to get away with. That text is now quite old and while I don't
for one moment think they have turned over a new leaf they certainly
seem to be more disjointed and schizophrenic in what they do. Of course
it could all be some good cop, bad cop routine but it's difficult to see
how a corporation that large would be capable of organising such a


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