+Miguel de Icaza
Let me try to break it down:
First, Florian has a history of, at best, willfully negligent wrongness related to patents, open source and, in particular, Android. Two examples that come to mind:
- How he endorsed and promoted the Bionic/GPL "controversy" (conveniently ignoring that the argument made against Bionic applied with equal force against glibc itself
since glibc is LGPLed, not GPLed), brushing aside statements of intent from key people involved.
- Pushing the Linux kernel distribution rights termination FUD (that many Android manufacturers had effectively irreparably
lost their rights to distribute the Linux kernel by not making timely source releases) again brushing aside repeated statements from relevant people that an appropriate source release would solve the problem. Here Florian failed to notice that Apple has exactly
the same checkered history with WebKit source releases, so the consequences of the theory he was pushing would be ... dramatic, to say the least.
Florian has also shown plenty of bias in his writings. Two examples I can think of are:
- His long campaign of innuendo against PJ and Groklaw
- His recent opinion that Verizon's call for the President to set aside any adverse ITC decision against Samsung on public policy grounds was a dangerous to the rule of law and the first step on the road to a dictatorship (even though he is, in theory, personally opposed to software patents). Let me emphasize that: Florian's opinion is that President exercising the authority granted to him by the law (19 U.S.C. § 1337, if you're curious), to set aside ITC decisions on policy grounds is a threat to the rule of law because, um... He's free to have that opinion, but the rest of us are free to note that it is an incoherent and biased one.
As I'm sure you know, because of examples like these (and many others), Florian has been a controversial figure for quite some time and has been repeatedly
asked to disclose his funding or to at least state that he wasn't funded by those who had an interested in spreading this sort of FUD. He never has, until now. Projects like this are not negotiated overnight. The question is no longer: "Does Florian Mueller have a financial interest in attacking Android?", but rather "How long has Florian Mueller been concealing a financial interest in attacking Android from journalists, his readers and the broader community?" You could conclude that it was only for the weeks or months required to negotiate this study, but given the whole history involved I think the most reasonable conclusion is: For a very, very long time.