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eWeek: Microsoft puts more heat on open source; Linux developer community responds

Feb 26, 2001, 16:11 (17 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Roberta Holland, Peter Coffee)

"Recent remarks by executives add fuel to anti-Microsoft fire in the Linux developer community."

"As you're going through a time of tremendous change, as we are now, the players with a vested interest [in the status quo] are going to detract as much as possible, and that's what we're seeing right now," said Allen Shaheen, CEO of ArsDigita Corp., an open-source e-business platform company in Cambridge, Mass. "People feel Microsoft has a vested interest in maintaining ownership of the desktop, and now they're working to make inroads in the server world," Shaheen said. "Linux presents a real threat to that because it's an alternative to their platform."

"They're just digging themselves into a bigger hole," said Jim Jagielski, executive vice president of the Apache Software Organization and chief technology officer of Zend Technologies Ltd., in Baltimore. "This makes a lot of people in the open-source community angry but also kind of sad. After all this time, Microsoft doesn't get it."

"I make my living writing open-source software. The only thing you can't do with open-source software is make monopoly profits," said Jeremy Allison, senior engineer with VA Linux Systems Inc. and co-author of Samba, in Fremont, Calif. "I really don't think [Allchin's argument] flies. I can see why they don't like it--because they're not used to sharing."

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