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More Community Reaction to Microsoft Announcement

Feb 22, 2008, 14:30 (6 Talkback[s])

Underexposed: Open-Source Fans Mixed on Microsoft Move

"I surveyed various companies and individuals about the move and received some other thoughts unsolicited. Here are some reactions:

  • "Jim Zemlin, Linux Foundation executive director: 'The world of software development has been marching in a steady direction toward being open and transparent. As Linux's use continues to rise, so does the demand for customers to enable it to interoperate with Microsoft products. This announcement by Microsoft seems to indicate they want to participate in that march. Even if some of the announced details still seem less than ideal for open source developers, at least it's a first step...'"

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Red Hat Statement on Microsoft Announcement

"Eight years ago the U.S. regulatory authorities, and four years ago the European regulators made clear to Microsoft that its refusal to disclose interface information for its monopoly software products violates the law. So, it is hardly surprising to see even Microsoft state today that 'interoperability across systems is an important requirement' and announce a 'change in [its] approach to interoperability.' Of course, we’ve heard similar announcements before, almost always strategically timed for other effect. Red Hat regards this most recent announcement with a healthy dose of skepticism. Three commitments by Microsoft would show that it really means what it is announcing today..."

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