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Does Microsoft Have an Open Source Strategy Any More?

Sep 15, 2009, 04:32 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Glyn Mody)

"This was variously analysed as Microsoft seeing the light, Microsoft being forced to bow down before the mighty GNU GPL and Microsoft being its usual cunning self and piggybacking on the open source community for competitive edge.

"Then we had the revelation of Microsoft “educating†third-party sales people about “weaknesses†in GNU/Linux. Except, of course, they weren't weaknesses, but misinformation or even outright lies. Now, fair competition is all well and good, but stooping to this kind of underhand behaviour hardly matches the company's recent soothing noises about wanting to work with the open source community.

"Another confusing episode in Microsoft-open source relations involved some patents:"

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