I was taken aback by the tone of coverage of news in the OSS community yesterday. It was a sad day for me.
A quick browsing of Slashdot yields the same hatred of Microsoft. It has been a decade. Same violent coverage, same rage. Whatever MSFT does is evil, bad, evil and bad bad bad. The editorial choice of words is always negative, biased and suspicious. The OBSESSION continues. Forget the fact that MSFT has been immensely humbled by Google, Linux and is far from the domineering bully it was 15 years ago. A fringe of the OSS community STILL hates them.
In stark contrast, I was reading the comments on Wired on the coverage of the Reiser trial. For those who haven't followed this modern geek tragedy, here is true evil genius. Reiser is the author of ReiserFS and according to many accounts a typical geek suffering asperger. He was also found guilty of killing his wife. While I empathize with the OCD the man looks guilty as sin. Read the coverage. But the point is that the "guilty" verdict has been received very defensively by the OSS community. Kind of like this was the OJ trials of OSS.
I don't get it: any normal blow-joe who works at MSFT is condemned. A convicted felon who works on Linux is given the benefit of the doubt? For a community that used to pride itself on individual enlightened thinking, we are exhibiting every disgusting bit of GROUP THINK. It isn't pretty, it isn't rational, it doesn't mean anything any longer, it has become what we aimed to fight all along: dogmatic non-sense.