__/ [ Tom Shelton ] on Friday 21 April 2006 15:26 \__
> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> ,----[ Quote ]
>> | Fast forward to April 2006. Eric S. Raymond, the main man behind the
>> | idea of open-source, the author of The Cathedral and the Bazaar, the
>> | seminal work on open-source, has just discovered that Microsoft is now
>> | selling a vector-graphics editor "Microsoft Expressions," which includes
>> | some of his open-sourced work.
>> | Microsoft, the anti-open-source company, is using open-source software
>> | from one of open-source's leading lights. You've got to love it.
> As I understand things - MS is not anti-open source.
If so (I will give you the benefit of the doubt here, very grossly so for the
sake of the argument), how come they release merely nothing that is Open
Source? Google have been doing this and IBM likewise, among others. Look at
their formidable (the positive connotation of the word) presence in
Sourceforge, for example.
Open Source conflicts with Microsoft's financial agenda. If they ever say
anything nice about Open Source, which is the very thing Gates vowed to end,
it is a case of putting a strategic face on. They try to show sportsmanship,
much as they do when making donations. They just try to get people off their
back and deceive a few fools through mainstream media 'cattle'.
> They are simply
> anti-gpl. There is a difference.
Could you provide a link to support your claim? They openly criticised the
GPL because it is an enemy they cannot fight. It's too forceful because
everything accumulates. It's cumulative development. Look at how Gecko and
Netscape have evolved to make a mockery out of Internet Explorer (to name
but one example).
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