@c0sin Pictures or it didn't happen. sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/8…This year BigData conference was largely focused on Hadoop and downstream technologies: HBase, Spark, and so on. As most of you would know, this technological niche is based on two open source whales: Java/JVM, and Linux. Now, unless you spent last 15 years on Mars, you would know that there's no love lost between the Microsoft and open source community. And don't hurry to blame open source for this endless assault. Check just a few results from Google search in vague chronological order ranging from 1998 to 2012:
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- Microsoft's holy war on Java
- Microsoft prepares security assault on Linux
- HP memo warned of MS assault on open
- Microsoft takes on the free world
- Microsoft starts a FUD war against open-source Symbian
- Microsoft Continues Android Legal Assault
- How Microsoft Fought True Open Standards
Some apologists might say "The Microsoft has changed lately". Really? Banning Linux from booting on ARM based Windows 8 devices is just an honest mistake then, I presume.
Perhaps "It is their hardware and they can do whatever they are pleased" other pin-heads might say. Do I need to answer this? How about me paying for the hardware? Do I own it now? Or am I just leasing it from dudes up in Redmond, WA? Do I need to go down to basic economical explanations about natural law?
And after all these heinous things they are coming to the midst of the open source celebration like nothing happens. They even sponsored the lunch on the last day of the conference. I think people who ate that poisoned stuff might find themselves enslaved to Microsoft via some kinda of EULA or something.
But joking aside, do these guys have a nerve or what? May be MS thinks they now are a king of the hill just by virtue of hiring for legwork this certain startup, who's founders did a lot of the Hadoop initial work? Judge for yourself.