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ZDNet: Decoding Microsoft's open source argument [Rebutting Mundie's Rebuttal]

May 21, 2001, 13:53 (29 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Tiemann)

The Mundie Saga enters a new phase with this: a rebuttal of Craig Mundie's rebuttal of all the rebuttals to his speech. Red Hat's Michael Tiemann issues a point-by-point response to Mr. Mundie, spending much of the column defending the GPL and making a pointed aside about Ransom Love's recent comments on its unsuitability for business: "I can only say that it's a poor carpenter who blames his tools."

"Yes, the GPL is revolutionary. Look at all the great achievements of the revolutionaries who stood against the establishment to give us stronger, more powerful truths. Some of these truths led science in new direction. Some of these truths led to radical reevaluation of the notions of property, freedom, and even truth itself. The fact that the GPL stands against a model that has made one or many companies profitable means or refutes nothing. The fact that the GPL permits a greater rate of innovation, with greater efficiency in terms of scarce resources means everything."

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