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On Microsoft's Feeble Fortune-Based Nastygram to Red Hat

May 15, 2007, 23:15 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ashlee Vance)

"Microsoft has lost its guts. Maybe they're on the floor of Bill Gates's 'think week' cabin.

"Chairman Gates owned a steel sack once upon a time. You all remember the missive deriding computer hobbyists as software stealing criminals. 'I would appreciate letters from any one who wants to pay up, or has a suggestion or comment,' Gates wrote in 1976. 'Nothing would please me more than being able to hire ten programmers and deluge the hobby market with good software.'

"It would seem that Microsoft now relies on the likes of Fortune to perform scoldings..."

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