Posted by: John Linkous | February 19, 2009

Hypocrisy Inaction, In Action

So Mitchell Baker from the Mozilla Foundation took the opportunity on Tuesday to rant about every OSS developer’s favorite whipping boy, Microsoft.  Her argument is swaddled in libertarian-leaning headlines like, “Government shouldn’t get involved with technology” and claims that technology is best served by technologists and entrepreneurs.  But make no mistake: the gist of the article is clear, and as you might expect, it’s a to-the-wall apologism for the EC and their current decisions regarding Microsoft.

That there are concerns by an OSS vendor over Microsoft is certainly nothing new.  What’s annoying — and the zenith of hypocrisy – is listening to a person (one who has already made her money in the dotcom wave, I might add) try to build endless legal, ethical, and moral strawmen around what is really a simple fact: Microsoft has great marketing.

It is utterly hypocritical for OSS vendors (and Baker certainly isn’t the first) to refuse to develop for the lowest-common-denominator user, and then demand government action when those users — the vast majority of people who use technology – elect to not use their products.  It would be like an automaker developing cars that nobody wants, and then complaining to the government that they want a bailout… oh, never mind.

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