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Salon: Life, liberty and the pursuit of free software

Feb 19, 2001, 12:08 (22 Talkback[s])

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"Microsoft says open-source software is un-American. Has the company completely lost its mind?"

"Once upon a time, Microsoft executives confined their criticism of Linux and free software to old-fashioned FUD -- fear, uncertainty and doubt. Linux wasn't good enough for enterprise-class systems, they declared. You couldn't get quality support, and it was too hard and clunky for average users."

"Fair enough. But now, judging by comments made Wednesday by Microsoft's operating systems chief Jim Allchin (and reported by Bloomberg News), it turns out that free and open-source software is something far worse than anyone could possibly have imagined. It is nothing less than a threat to the American way of life!"

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