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FairfaxIT: Learning from the enemy

May 03, 1999, 17:42 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nathan Cochrane)

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"WHETHER you are an advocate or a company hoping to surf the OpenSource/Free Software wave, Microsoft is your best ally. And either way, you are Microsoft's insurance policy for the future."

"For the advocate of Free Source systems, where access to source code on a non-discriminatory basis is the key identifier, and where money is not the prime consideration, the motivation may be to give Microsoft a bloodied nose."

"At the same time, the people who develop under open licences serve to motivate Microsoft. Like the American military-industrial complex, Microsoft needs an enemy. Lots of them. And the tougher the better. Left to its own devices, Microsoft might wither. But with real competition to inspire it to circle the wagons, it has a reason to try harder."

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