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Discouraging FOSS

Jun 30, 2009, 10:32 (13 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to rm42 for this link. ]

"Obviously, you would first have to identify the reasons why people contribute to FOSS. Then you would have to find ways to remove or dilute those incentives.

"Of course, that is easily said than done. There are a lot of reasons why people like to contribute to Linux. So, I don’t think Microsoft can realistically hope to completely eradicate Linux or FOSS. But, maybe, just maybe, it could discourage the right type of contributors, the ones that contribute to its infrastructure and its foundation parts. Or. if that doesn’t work, maybe it could remove the incentive for a large enough number of top layer contributors, the ones that provide interfaces and user visible features. Microsoft would hope that this would slow down Linux enough for it to be able to outrun it in terms of features and quality."

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