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ZDNet News: Standards bearers: No need to cry wolf

May 18, 2000, 14:31 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mary Jo Foley)

"It doesn't take long for word to get around when a company attempts to turn a "standard" into a piece of proprietary code. Especially when the company in question is the increasingly scrutinized Microsoft."

"Thus, it was no surprise last week when within minutes of Microsoft's lawyers' sending a note to Slashdot, the Linux free-for-all site, that the open software community was up in arms. Microsoft asked Slashdot, in its role as ISP, to pull a handful of posts from its site that Microsoft said violated its end-user license agreement covering a proprietary extension Microsoft made to Kerberos. Kerberos is an Internet Engineering Task Force standard authentication protocol, support for which Microsoft built into Windows 2000."

"That's all well and good. But instead of targeting their wrath at Microsoft for bastardizing a standard, the majority of Slashdot posters went nuts on Microsoft for allegedly attempting to curtail free speech."

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