Microsoft has a new site dedicated to the relationship between Microsoft and the Open Source community. When I skimmed over the site I had a hearty laugh when I opened one of the PDF flyers there.
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It seems that the initiators of the site are somewhat unsure about the site's purpose. The banner gives you four options: "I want to participate/partner/grow/learn with Open Source and Microsoft." Well, I still have to choose yet, but I think I will go for "grow". What about you?
No seriously, the purpose of the site is too obvious. The message to all Open Source advocates is clear: We are your friends, not your foes. However, I doubt that you can convince Open Source geeks with such a site. The start page has two links to PDF flyers, trying to convince us, how well Microsoft is already working together with the Open Source community. Is the proprietary PDF format really suitable for such a purpose?
The first file is about Microsoft's relation to the Mozilla project. I really had to laugh after skimming over it. The document has four pages. The last page is only about Copyright issues concerning the text in the first three pages. This is really the joke of the month.
But you can also find some useful information on the site. Indeed there are a couple of projects showing that Microsoft is interested to get in touch with the Open Source community. They also offer an RSS feed with updates about Microsoft's relation to OSS.