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Free Software Magazine: Greeks Bearing Gifts

Nov 05, 2006, 21:00 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Edward Macnaghten)

"Here in the UK, there is a saying that was a quote from Virgil that was often quoted in the original Latin, 'Timeo Danaos et dona ferentis,' which is usually mistranslated into the phrase 'Beware of Greeks bearing gifts.' It refers to the incident where the Greek troops hid inside a large wooden horse and gave it to the Trojans as a gift who promptly accepted it, then in the night the Greeks broke out of their hiding place, went to the city gates, and... Well, you probably know the rest. However, it is that phrase, or both of them in fact, that pass through my mind on seeing recent Microsoft and other corporate closed software companies' press releases recently.

"There are three that come to mind that have occurred recently..."

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