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SiliconValley.com: A revolutionary pursuit: freedom from Microsoft

Jul 01, 2001, 15:00 (30 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dan Gillmor)

Columnist Dan Gillmor declares his intention to free himself from the iron grasp of Microsoft tools. He admits that the issue is more complicated than he anticipated: he says that the Linux tools under consideration aren't as good as Microsoft tools, and he urges the Open Source community to directly address what Microsoft is planning with Passport, HailStorm, and its related consumer services.

"Maybe I'll try the GNU/Linux operating system on the IBM. Linux is the result of a worldwide software movement variously called ``free software'' or 'open source.' That's the genre in which volunteers create and upgrade programs and let anyone download, examine and modify the programming instructions."

I probably wouldn't switch entirely to free software even if I could. The profit motive has produced some excellent products. I want to continue to support non-Microsoft developers who produce competitive products, even as I support the community of volunteers."

"The open-source community needs to focus its considerable attention on a serious new threat. Microsoft's bid to control the Internet is more realistic than most people understand. Web services, the idea that we'll move traditional software and services onto the Net and pay subscription fees, is built to order for the Microsoft empire, and the appeals court ruling appears to give the company running room."

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