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NewsForge: Commentary: Beware When Microsoft Reaches Out

Jun 15, 2006, 00:15 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)

"eWeek.com this week ran a story entitled 'Can Windows and Open Source Learn to Play Nice?' The opening paragraph of that story, written by Peter Galli, reads 'Microsoft has been reaching out to the open-source community to try to find ways to overcome the incompatibilities between software distributed under the GNU General Public License and its own commercial software.' Anytime I read of Microsoft 'reaching out' to someone, the hackles on the back of my neck appear and I hunker down into a defensive position.

"I've been watching Microsoft's Machiavellian machinations since IBM gave the company the corner on the PC operating system business in the early '80s, and when they 'reach out,' it's either to steal something or to hurt someone..."

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