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Salon: Microsoft: Free-software licenses are the devil's work!

May 05, 2001, 17:34 (11 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Andy Tai for this link. ]

Another article on Craig Mundie of Microsoft's Thursday speech wherein he introduced Microsoft's "new philosophy" of shared source. Similar to a community column we ran yesterday, Mr. Leonard maintains that .NET is an attempt on the part of Microsoft to resell us the Internet in a manner Microsoft can profit from as a beachhead, much as it has with desktop applications.

"But one of the great successes of free software is that it has aided in the creation of an infrastructure that everyone is free to use, provided he pays his ISP access charges. The GPL is a big problem for .NET, because an Internet infrastructure constructed out of GPL-protected software is one that can be freely extended and made more valuable without having to pay any particular company for the privilege."

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