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Who Are The Real Zealots? - Part 2

Jul 22, 2009, 18:33 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Penguin Pete)

"And yet, you don't see that, do you? Funny, no other company attacks Linux the way Microsoft does, and then there's no other company which arouses such ire in the Linux community as Microsoft does. Let's take a little roll-call around the tech sphere. I'll name a company, and give it a 1-to-10 rating for being "FOSS-friendly." 10 being most friendly, 1 being enemy.

"Now, I'm going to gloss over the occasional border-skirmish between tribes. Sure, you could find a fight between any two tribes over something. It's a big Internet. But for the most part, these are general, off-the-top observations, not based on scientific studies or anything.

"Apple 5

"Apple is a 5 on the FOSS-friendly scale. They're indifferent. We're not friends, and we're not enemies. When I say "If Microsoft would get off Linux's back all the time, we wouldn't have such lousy relations.", Apple is the example I have in mind. While Apple is a proprietary company, which practices a lot of lock-in on its own hardware, it generally leaves Linux (and other platforms) alone. Apple competes on its own merits. Also has BSD/Unix at its core, had Darwin for a FOSS project, and so on."

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