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ZDNet: Opening closed minds to open source

Jun 15, 2001, 20:54 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Richard French)

Open Source Development Network Vice President Richard French offers this column on the benefits of open source software:

"After all is said and done, what's buried under all of Microsoft's anti-open source FUD is its own little secret: The Redmond Empire is quite happy to fund open source development when it suits its purposes.

For example, in 1999, ActiveState announced that Microsoft was funding a three-year initiative to enhance and extend the popular open source programming language, Perl--a technology so pervasive that it has been referred to as "the duct-tape of the Internet." Microsoft could no longer ignore support requests from customers running UNIX who wanted interoperability across platforms. Helping open source Perl grow on Windows helps Microsoft sell more copies of Windows. Moreover, as others have pointed out, Microsoft Windows itself makes use of many other open source technologies, such as Kerberos security."

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