I for one am hugely appreciative of you supplying the link to this paper. You are a good friend. Thanks!
This is basic but it covers the main points.
Threats to open source:
This sounds scary. Trusted Computing - a way of using code keys to ensure that only approved software runs on any particular machine.
I don't suppose that this will effect Moodle in a hurry but it will effect the extent to which MS can keep people locked into mature products such as Office and Windows.
This article describing Bill Gates' attitude towards pirating of software in China is interesting too.
On a personal note, I used to love Microsoft when they brought out their products. DOS was Unix for the PC. Windows was Mac made affordable for the masses. Excel was designer Lotus. I never used Wordperfect (I now appreciate the benefits of XML) but Word worked well for me.
It is when Microsoft starts to bring out things that I don't need and make me pay for them that it becomes upsetting. I think that I have mentioned before that my university is cutting down on the number of computers it can offer to students, not because we can't pay for the hardware (computers are so cheap these days) but because we cannot pay for the startup and predicted upgrade costs of the Microsoft products that run on them. "The version of Windows and Office needs upgrading and in another 3 years it will need upgrading again," said our systems administrator as we reduced the number of computers our students can use by half. This is really tragic.
The problem seems to be that there are thousands of Microsoft employees that are no longer useful so they are thinking of ways of living off their initial usefulness. At least as far as I can tell that is. I do not see the advantages of XP over windows 2000 and Word has hardly changed (worth the price) since Word 97. There is only a certain amount that one needs office software to do and once someone has done it then it never rusts or wears out. So either the developers move on or they sit around trying to think of ways to make it difficult for people to migrate to open source systems.
Fundamental issues with Open Source software development
by Michelle Levesque
Interesting comments at,
Five Fundamental Problems with Open Source?