From time to time, links will pop up on various Linux or open source related sites, pointing to articles written by Roy Schestowitz, mainly from techrights.org. The articles are very well written and all sources for the articles are documented. Sometimes the articles include references to highly confidential material. And so far everything I have read seems to be true with clearly documented evidence. The articles often involve controversial issues with open source, along with lawsuits and even happenings at Microsoft regarding its negative attitude towards open source. For instance, Roy has posted articles claiming to include internal memos within Microsoft that specifically state how they are targeting Linux head-on. When reading the articles and comparing to latest news, they actually coincide and make sense.
What I find more interesting though, is that there are posts and other articles written to try and defame or discredit him. And some use some very strong language. Simply doing a Google search for "Roy Schestowitz" comes up with some examples. What in the world is going on here, and why are people trying so hard to discredit him for his articles on techrights.org?
It seems to be a mystery for the most part. But on some of his articles, Roy points out that he thinks there are some "Microsoft trolls" that are making up fake IDs and posting negative feedback. Is Microsoft up to this campaign to slam Roy? When reading the negative posts about him, it is clear that he is being attacked, in my opinion. The claims against him range from person beliefs to calling him a "liar", etc. If the content of Roy's articles contained highly confidential material as they claim, then I can see that Microsoft would be worried about it getting out and exposed and might try to do anything possible to try and convince the general public otherwise.
It makes me wonder, and I can't rule out Microsoft being behind all of this. It's been rumored that Microsoft does other things like post in Linux forums pretending to be a user with an issue, and when somebody responds with a helpful answer, no followup is seen after that. Most of us with an issue in a thread would be checking the thread for a solution and posting back the outcome or a quick "thank you". There will of course be a small percentage of those that run away after the solution is confirmed to work, but apparently there has been a high number of these type of posts.
Very strange, indeed. IF Microsoft is behind these strange activities, it would demonstrate that they are clearly worried about open source and Linux. Otherwise, why would they go to such extreme measures?