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Microsoft "Deep Throat" leaks Microsoft Open Source internal strategy memorandum

Nov 01, 1998, 21:55 (0 Talkback[s])

According to the memorandum:

  • OSS poses a direct, short-term revenue and platform threat to Microsoft
  • to understand how to compete against OSS, we must target a process rather than a company
  • OSS is long-term credible ... FUD tactics can not be used to combat it
  • Linux and other OSS advocates are making a progressively more credible argument that OSS software is at least as robust ¨C if not more ¨C than commercial alternatives
  • Linux can win as long as services / protocols are commodities
  • OSS projects have been able to gain a foothold in many server applications because of the wide utility of highly commoditized, simple protocols. By extending these protocols and developing new protocols, we can deny OSS projects entry into the market
  • The ability of the OSS process to collect and harness the collective IQ of thousands of individuals across the Internet is simply amazing. More importantly, OSS evangelization scales with the size of the Internet much faster than our own evangelization efforts appear to scale

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See also Slashdot discussion.