Thank you Microsoft for giving me the weapon to shoot you with!
We’ve talked about Microsoft on Libervis.com enough. It’s not all about them and Ballmer is an idiot, so why take anything he says really seriously? We should be attentive, but not obsessive.
Well, that’s why I am relegating my comment to Ballmers latest outburst to my blog, and allowing myself to have an outburst of my own.
I feel that groklaw has it right and that it really does make sense. There is no such thing as a changed Microsoft as long as a guy like Steve Ballmer is on top of it. Leaders define the organization more than its other members, especially when we are talking about an organization based on principles so far from appreciation of freedom. So when it becomes, yet again, evident that the leaders’ intention is to pretty much crush the competition they perceiv, even if it be the last thing they try to do, then damn it that’s what we should see them as and treat them as.
So, in other words, Microsoft is out to get us, or they think they are at least.. but this is a not a reason to fear, nor a reason to avoid Free Software to those who have been considering it. In a contrary! It is a reason to embrace it wholeheartedly.
Yes, with its stupid threats, empty regardless whether they will be acted upon or not, Microsoft, while hoping to create fear and uncertainty in some people, induces an incredible amount of motivation in others – just about enough motivation to destroy them. Isn’t one of the biggest things fueling the passion behind a large body of the Free Software movement, no matter how some want to resist that fact, its animosity towards Microsoft?
Who would argue that competition isn’t one of the best, perhaps the best ways to motivate incredible progress? Well, that’s where the key lies. Microsoft says they are competitive, but I don’t think that their view of “competitiveness” even begins to compare with the competitiveness of the Free Software movement.
Microsoft may think they can outsmart the movement, but I don’t think they comprehend the level of wit that is involved with the Free Software movement.
And as Microsoft’s leader, in all his glory and backed by all his illusions about the power that lies beneath him, dares to threaten the movement, I think we should only laugh at it as a puny little attempt of making themselves appear important. Isn’t it all that there is to it anyway? In a world of today, perceptions is what molds the reality of the day.
But they are puny and laughable because they can’t begin to realize that all their money, all their power and all their so called “intellectual” (omfg haha that was funny) property is NOTHING in the larger scheme of things compared to something as simple as a genuine passion for freedom, passion that simply knows of no petty boundaries that Microsoft leaders find their comfort in.
So while they feel all important and powerful making such obviously stupid threats, do they realize that by making these threats they’ve just helped motivate their perceived enemy (and in fact a REAL enemy at that) even more?
They certainly provoke me. And I think that’s about enough to prove a point.
So you see friends, while it’s not all about Microsoft, they have the unique power to provoke the world changing competitive passion (or anger you could say) which combined with a genuine concern for freedom amounts to a weapon that is ultimately going to be deadly for Microsoft as we know it.
And this makes me, in a sense, thank Microsoft for playing the role of this great motivator, for they just gave me the ultimate weapon against themselves. The trigger is in our hands.
I had the audacity to put this rant to digg. Why? Because I feel there are many people who would identify with the feeling I expressed here. Let’s call it a fun experiment.
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