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ZDNet: Just another manic Mundie

May 22, 2001, 21:47 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Evan Leibovitch)

This column maintains that maybe it's time to move on from Mr. Mundie: "Still, enough is enough. In its approach to the situation, the Economist welcomed the Mundie-induced volleys as "sharpening" the debate. OK. It's sharp. Time to move on."

"...On the other side we have comments from many high-profile Linux advocates. Last week we saw a clever and somewhat astounding publicity stunt by Bruce Perens, the author of the Open Source Definition and now employed by HP. Perens wrote an open response to Mundie that was signed by 10 of the open source and free software world's favorite talking heads. To me, the great feat of this letter was getting everyone from Richard Stallman to Tim O'Reilly to agree to a single statement.

But rather than feel buoyed by this show of strength, I feel sorry that such a meeting of minds was wasted on a defensive reaction to Microsoft. There's something unsettling about allowing Redmond to control the agenda of open source advocates."

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