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[News] GNU/Linux is Ruining Gangsters Operation, Despite Funding of SCO

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The Open Source Movement, and Microsoft's Unlucky Breaks

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| What's interesting is Wilcox touches on the circumstances that led the Linux 
| kernel to become what it is in a rather passing manner. Linus Torvalds 
| developed the Linux kernel in 1991, and then licensed it under the GPL. The 
| concept and spirit of the license were spawned in the mid-80s, when Richard 
| M. Stallman left MIT to pursue the GNU Project and ultimately form the Free 
| Software Foundation. Without an open license of some variety, would the Linux 
| kernel have gotten the foothold it did? Would it have seen the light of day? 
| And more relevant to the "unlucky" discussion -- would open source software 
| be an unlucky break for Microsoft if the Linux kernel had never been created?        


"Mr. Emerson and I discussed a variety of investment structures wherein
Microsoft would 'backstop,' or guarantee in some way, BayStar's investment....
Microsoft assured me that it would in some way guarantee BayStar's investment
in SCO."

                        --Larry Goldfarb, BayStar


Feeling the heat at Microsoft

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| A couple of years ago you reiterated that IBM was Microsoft's biggest
| competitor and you said not just on the business side, but overall. If I ask
| you who is Microsoft's biggest competitor now, who would it be?
| Ballmer: Open...Linux. I don't want to say open source. Linux, certainly have
| to go with that.


Is MS Preening in Public Posts?

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| The author of the email, posted on ZDNet in a Talkback forum on the Microsoft
| antitrust trial, claimed her name was Michelle Bradley and that she
| had "retired" from Microsoft last week.
| "A verbal memo [no email allowed] was passed around the MS campus encouraging
| MS employee's to post to ZDNet articles like this one," the email said.
| "The theme is 'Microsoft is responsible for all good things in computerdom.'
| The government has no right to prevent MS from doing anything. Period.
| The 'memo' suggests we use fictional names and state and to identify
| ourselves as students," the author claimed.

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