CNN: Microsoft Learns a Lesson from Competition
Apr 17, 2002, 19:00 (27 Talkback[s])
[ Thanks to Christopher Fitch for this
"The company's very public campaign against the idea of freely
sharing its software blueprints, called source code, came to a head
early last summer. Microsoft's notoriously outspoken chief
executive, Steve Ballmer, told a reporter that a competing
'open-source' system called Linux was 'a cancer that attaches
itself in an intellectual-property sense to everything it
"These days, Microsoft is singing a slightly different tune.
"The company says it still believes its software blueprints
should be closely held, but says it has come to see the value in
sharing some source code with some of its best customers and
selected academic institutions..."