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SRO: Open Source Leader Favors... Microsoft!?

Jul 29, 1999, 14:12 (16 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

"But IETF is still likely to be the favored instant messaging standards route among the community."

"Believe it or not, Raymond, the high priest of the open source faith, in an article entitled "Eric S. Raymond--Microsoft is right, for once", defends Microsoft in its fight against AOL's attempt to block instant messaging using AOL's publicly proclaimed Instant Messenger (IM) standards."

"Raymond does so, in this one instance, he claims, because Microsoft is pushing for an open standard while AOL busies itself with reprogramming their servers to block interloping users with Microsoft, Prodigy and Yahoo Instant Messenger-clone clients."

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"Of course, the open source community--rambunctious lot that they are--isn't following Mr. Raymond like sheep do a shepherd. While Raymond's position has a lot of support, as can be seen in Linux Today and Slashdot's message boards, they're also been some resistance."

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