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[News] Mitch Kapor Enthusiastic About Free Software

  • Subject: [News] Mitch Kapor Enthusiastic About Free Software
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 22 Oct 2009 14:42:38 +0100
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Looking beyond the open source battle

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| Since it launched in 2004, Firefox has chipped 
| away at Internet Explorer's market share and 
| established itself as the world's second most 
| popular browser. But while attacks on open 
| source still make Kapor's blood boil, he 
| suggests that the bigger picture indicates 
| that resistance is futile.
| "What's remarkable is that nobody remarks on 
| it, because a few years ago people were 
| virtually pulling out their guns to shoot at 
| each other â and now it's a settled matter, as 
| I read it."
| While Firefox is widely regarded as a huge 
| success, Kapor warns that it is not actually 
| the best example of the victory of open 
| source. Instead, he suggests, the movement's 
| main achievement actually lies out of sight â 
| amid the systems that underpin the web itself.



The Gates Transition

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| In an interview with the BBC which is being widely linked, I recently
| said âclaims by Microsoft that people were buying their software because it
| was good are pretty self-serving.â The BBC didnât run the rest of what I said
| about Microsoftâs success, probably because they were looking to find someone
| to set up opposite Bill. Fine. These days we have blogs, so hereâs my
| unfiltered side of the story.
| [...]
| But it doesnât mean that the great Gates fortune was acquired in an entirely
| fair way or that Bill should be held up uncritically as a model of a
| successful businessman for doing so. To do so is to rewrite history and
| endorse a way of doing business which is harmful both to consumers and
| markets

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