Monday, May 17, 2004

Innuendo - or In From Windows? [update 5/20]

The Alexis de Tocqueville Institution (a.k.a., Ken Brown),has issued a press release touting a report which won't be available until next week, and then only as excerpts until the book-length report is issued. Sounds like a marketing campaign to me. The purpose is to attempt to smear the name of Linus Torvolds ("Torvalds claim to 'invent' Linux probably false, says new study") while painting the entire open source movement as theives and liars. This is all implied or stated in the press release without a scintilla of proof being offered.

Anyone want to wager that the "report" will offer more charges without proof, but that the proof will be promised in the book? Alexis de Tocqueville Institution, by the way, are the same folks (is the same folk?) who earlier released a report claiming that open source software was aiding and abetting terrorists in their activities. Microsoft has confirmed that they provide the funding to AdTI.

Groklaw has a good breakdown of the press release.

UPDATE: The Register has a fascinating story about the "report" which may or may not have been released today. The quotes from Linus Torvolds mentor about the interview he gave to AdTI's Ken Brown is priceless humor!

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