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32BitsOnline: Captains of Industry: Sun, a Monopoly in Waiting

Nov 29, 1999, 20:47 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Clifford Smith)

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"The other day at Comdex, Mr. McNealy stated in front of yet another crowd, that " If you go from Capitalism to the Commune, where there are no trademark and property rights, you can't guarantee Write Once Deploy Everywhere..." Well, neither can Sun's Community License Lawyering Party, obviously."

"Uh, I have a question at this point...... when was the last time anyone subverted the GNU, Linux, OpenBSD, FreeBSD or NetBSD, Python, Perl, Apache or PHP3 source code to any detrimental effect? In case you are wondering, I listed software covered under a couple of different versions of what people call "open source" and none of them are written strictly for profit."

"The fact that virtually the entire internet runs on a combination of those platforms/languages/scripting tools is conveniently ignored. In fact, there are tens of thousands of developers using those very tools to make excellent money writing software at state of the art capitalist ventures (like his own....) is lost on Mr. McNealy, it seems. Write once and deploy everywhere, indeed."

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