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Ex-Microsoftie: Free Software Will Kill Redmond

May 21, 2009, 19:04 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Shane O'neill)

"The mantra Curtis repeats throughout his book "After the Software Wars": proprietary software is holding us back as a society.

"In the book, Curtis says that while proprietary software made Microsoft one of the most successful companies of all time, it's a model destined to fail because it doesn't let software programmers cooperate and contribute, and thus stifles innovation.

"Curtis did programming work on Windows, Office and research at Microsoft and never actually used Linux, he says, until he quit his job in late 2004. The ensuing years have made him a Linux fanatic, and he is convinced that free, open-source software is technically superior. As long as Microsoft and its proprietary model dominate, Curtis says, we will live in "the dark ages of computing"."

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