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The convenient fiction that Microsoft is evil

Nov 18, 2009, 00:04 (18 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Asay)

"For such people, Microsoft hate is an excuse for a distinct lack of introspection, and credits Microsoft with far better execution and strategy than it actually possesses.

"Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has a goofy laugh. I'm not sure it's an evil one.

"I mention Microsoft because some within the open-source community quickly pounced on the company's inadvertent violation of the GPL in its Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool. Microsoft's Peter Galli was quick to acknowledge it:

""[The license violation] was not intentional on our part. While we had contracted with a third party to create the tool, we share responsibility as we did not catch it as part of our code review process."

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