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eWeek: Stop, you're killing me! MS's Allchin's remarks as stand-up comedy

Feb 26, 2001, 15:30 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeff Moad)

"The latest jokester? Microsoft's operating system guru Jim Allchin. This guy should quit his day job as soon as possible and go straight into stand-up comedy."

"Take his latest public comments on the open-source software movement. Please. A week ago he was quoted as saying that open source is a profound threat to innovation and intellectual property rights. Open source -- which is epitomized by the Linux OS -- is a threat to the software industry and, said Allchin, fundamentally un-American."

"I laughed so hard I cried. And I'll bet I wasn't the only one. Like any truly inspired bit of comedy, Allchin's remarks were funny on many different levels. First, and most obviously, the idea of Allchin and Microsoft as the defenders of software innovation is, shall we say, incongruous?"

"Then there was the whole un-American thing. Brilliant. In a written statement to our own Peter Coffee, Allchin later explained that what he's really concerned about is the so-called General Public License (or GPL) under which development for open-source programs like Linux is currently undertaken."

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