A professional journalist with decades of experience, Sam for nine years used DOS and then Windows, which led him to start experimenting with GNU/Linux in 1998. Since then he has written widely about the use of both free and open source software, and the people behind the code. His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.
Microsoft can be accused of many things, but clarity about its product lines is not one of them. The latest move by the company that still makes the world's dominant operating systems is indicative of this.
The GNOME Foundation, the body that sets policy and directives for the GNOME desktop project, has run out of money and is in the position where it has to cut down on all but the expenditure absolutely required to run the organisation.
The Free Software Foundation has given an annual award this year for work that enslaves people to the demands of Microsoft - something that flies in the face of all that the organisation has stood for since its founding.