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ZDNet UK: Gates vs. Noorda: Here we go again? [Company threatened over NTFS support on Linux]

Sep 27, 2000, 12:56 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mary Jo Foley)

"...Merkey acknowledged that his company had been "providing some assistance to Linux guys on NTFS," but said that at no point did Timpanogas or its officials provide to open-source developers any of Microsoft's intellectual property."

"Our agreement with Microsoft was very broad. We wrote some conversion tools for converting NetWare and Linux file systems to NTFS," Merkey explained. "We were giving these tools to some Microsoft customers who were using NTFS on Linux, but who were having their hard drives trashed by it."

"Merkey claimed he was providing a service to Microsoft customers who needed to run NTFS across platforms, but that Microsoft had a different interpretation of his motives."

"Microsoft's view is to hell with Linux and anything that helps Linux," Merkey said."

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