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O'Reilly Network: Can the Samba Story be Retold?

Mar 25, 2001, 06:22 (44 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Oram)

"Finally, the open source community is taking .NET seriously, and they're starting to tremble harder than an office building in a Seattle earthquake."

"On March 19, an announcement of HailStorm -- a new Microsoft service for providing standardized data exchanges between e-commerce sites and customers -- hurtled down from on high, and Microsoft critics worry that Microsoft will use it to essentially put up a toll booth on every data highway. But long before this, many well-placed observers warn that .NET could crush everything in its path."

"Open source advocates ignored it, sneered at it, claimed that Microsoft will never get it right. But so what? Maybe it should be right. If it's a good idea, someone should do it with open source software too."

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