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ZDNet: MS plays the 'open source' card

Mar 30, 2000, 23:17 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mary Jo Foley)

"The moral of this week's story: You can't have it both ways...."

"In recent weeks, Microsoft seems to have stepped up its attempts to capitalize on the gray area between open and closed. First, according to some developers close to the company, Microsoft was contemplating the idea of making its Windows CE source code available for free to embedded device vendors. Sources say Microsoft was planning to play that up as "opening up the Windows CE source code...."

"If users want the reliability and other benefits of open source, they should join the hacker community in holding vendors up to strict scrutiny when they make claims of being 'open.' If we hold vendors to that standard, users and honest vendors will win. If we let dishonest vendors abuse or dilute the term and the concept behind it, users will lose and only the dishonest will gain."

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