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CNET News: Perspective: Microsoft's New Open-Source Woes

Nov 09, 2002, 05:30 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Charles Cooper)

"Memo to Bill Gates:

"What a mess. Less than a week after a court-approved deal ends the antitrust case, Microsoft's back in the spotlight. The latest Halloween memo portrays your company as utterly obsessed with the open-source software movement but utterly confused about how best to proceed. I can only imagine the state of confusion. Microsoft has tried to persuade developers and users for the last four years that there's no there there--and to no avail.

"Your minions better get a handle soon. The question is whether that's at all possible, but in the meantime, here are a few items to consider...

"Enough with the fear, uncertainty and doubt. You once referred to the General Public License's 'Pac-Man-like nature,' while Steve Ballmer separately described it as a 'cancer...'"

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