Microsoft licensing corruption scandal in Romania has ended on October 3rd

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This scandal covers buying Microsoft licensees for Romanian administration from 2004 to 2012 for total 228 millions USD.

During the investigation was found that more than 100 people, former ministers, mayor of Bucuresti and businessman are involved in this corruption scandal and more than 20 millions euro are paid as bribes.
The Romanian court ruled in March 2016 with sentences for 8 years of prison and 9 millions euro of asset forfeiture for the 4 persons on the picture.
These sentences were appealed and October 3rd the High Court of Cassation and Justice (HCCJ) confirmed the guilt and increased the sentences to 14 years in prison and 17 millions of euro of asset forfeiture for these same persons.

I have nothing to add but my admiration for the working Romanian Judiciary.

Bulgaria and Romania joined EU back in 2007 together and while Romanian people has will to change their future, the things in Bulgaria has very little improvements. In Romania there are near hundred of corrupted politics and public administrators in prison, in Bulgaria there are none. Supreme court in Bulgaria is overwhelmed with files, as everyone appeal his case for every small disputes up to the highest level. They have files which they have no capacity to review for next few years. So effectively there is no working Judiciary in Bulgaria. Тo judge someone here is just waste of money and time.

Bulgarian government spent almost 60 million of euro for Microsoft licensees from 2007 to 2011 and the “tender” winner is always one and same company.  I already posted about my wondering why such amount is spent for something with free alternative. Another question is why administration spends money for platform with 99% of all viruses existing and which is tool for US agencies to spy all around the world?

The information about Romanian corruption scandal was taken from here . I used Google translator so some numbers may be inaccurate 🙂

Microsoft with keynote speak on LinuxCon – if you can’t beat them join them?

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news from Phoronix

No, you read it correct there is no mistake. This year Microsoft has keynote speak at LinuxCon in Toronto 🙂

As per their Azure blog they are going to share Microsoft’s open source developments there.

I guess this is part of Microsoft activity to appear as more open source friendly company trying to break in the open source enthusiasts market?

None is using Windows on small embedded SBC where Linux and Android is dominating and they try to make their path there?

As part of this recently Microsoft ported their power shell to Linux, pretty useless effort IMO who Linux user would switch from Bash to power shell?

Microsoft and Arduino – New partnership

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http://blog.arduino.cc/2015/04/30/microsoft-and-arduino-new-partnership/

Arduino developers seems have lost their focus lately and make mistake after mistake!

Everybody knows that the success formula to Arduino was to keep it simple so the beginners to may use it without knowing in deep electronics and programming but simple reusing code made from Arduino team and community.

For many years AVR simple 8-bit processors serveed well Arduino, but later they were tempted to make the Mega (IMO not quite successful as expensive) then the misunderstanding named Yun which was sold for $60 while there are routers with same chip for $10. Then Intel bribed them to add totally different architecture just to ride the “Arduino” wave.

How much useful is all this diversification? Not much I would say if I count the projects which are using Arduino and simple 8-bit AVRs are still 99% of all projects. So who need all this new crap? It just confuses the beginners.

Then came the bad news for the Arduino trademark dispute which sent bad message to the community taking the dirty laundry to the pubic in the court.

Now we read for the latest news – Microsoft the symbol for closed source company bribed Arduino team for a partnership “Windows10 is the first Arduino certified OS”

WTF? How much did you guys got for this ‘certification’ and what message do you send to Open Source community with this?

Are you so desperate for $$$ after the split with Gianluca who manufacture and sells the ‘original’ Arduinos without paying licensee to the development team.

For many years Arduino was example for the most successful Open Source project ever. With this announcement we see that now everything changes and it’s simple matter of money.