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Boston Globe: Going to the source

Apr 11, 1999, 20:22 (3 Talkback[s])
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"Free software concept breaks through, but cracks in movement spread"

"... the computer industry was stunned last week when two key Microsoft executives hinted that they might share the secrets of Windows 2000 with the world..."

"Microsoft and most other software companies make billions by selling programs that work even though users don't know exactly how they work. The underlying computer instructions or ''source code'' are guarded as closely as the ingredient list for Coca-Cola. Why should Microsoft open the black box of Windows 2000 and let rivals peer inside?

"Why not?" comes the reply from the leaders of a powerful alternative software movement. The news last week proves that Microsoft is beginning to listen."

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