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ZDNet: Microsoft's May Day manifesto

May 10, 2001, 19:24 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Evan Leibovitch)

Was it a May Day diatribe or a mayday plea? This column maintains the latter, and says anybody who got too worked up about Mr. Mundie's comments last week hasn't been paying very good attention to what Redmond has been saying all along.

I can't see why everyone's getting tied up in knots. Mundie's comments are a simple and logical extension of Microsoft's "embrace and extend" position on open source--a position that existed even before the Halloween document came into public view in 1998. The attempts to call attention to Linux forking and to the fact that potential security holes are open for anyone to see aren't anything new either. Then there's the requisite "be scared of the GPL" talk that had been a part of Microsoft's strategy for some time before Mundie spoke.

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