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LinuxWorld: A call to arms - The pen is mightier than the boycott

Jun 27, 2000, 23:20 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by J.S. Kelly)

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"Now, I didn't make the decision to join the boycott lightly. Even as I was researching my column, I was watching the Kerberos saga, in the course of which Microsoft misappropriated that open standard for its own nefarious purposes, unfold. I was really appalled -- and not only because it showed such a genuine lack of respect for law for Microsoft to attempt to leverage its desktop monopoly to capture the server market even as it was on trial for trying to leverage its desktop monopoly to capture the browser market. No, the thing that bugged me even more than that was that Microsoft was doing this to Kerberos. Ironically, it was at exactly this moment in time that Bill Gates wrote an editorial in Time magazine in which he claimed to be a champion of open standards. As if."

"I have always supported open standards. How would these words get from my computer to my editor's to yours if not thanks to the open standards which allow each of our programs on each of our computers to share information -- so that we can share information?"

"The only other way to share information so seamlessly would be a monoculture such as that envisioned by Gates. A computer on every desktop, and a computer in every home, all running Microsoft software -- or else they don't communicate with each other. And indeed, Microsoft likes to take credit for standardizing what had previously been a woolly landscape of wildly incompatible formats, in the days when most people shared files with diskettes instead of with modems."

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