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Why Microsoft Loves GPL 3.0: Changing Strategies

Jun 12, 2007, 17:15 (22 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rob Enderle)

"Two Slashdot posts and a long meeting with Microsoft really got me to thinking about whether Microsoft really likes, or doesn't like, the new GPL version and how its strategy, with regard to open source in general, has been changing over the past few years.

"It got me thinking about four facts: Buyers don't like change; the new IT priority is interoperability; IT likes simple homogeneity (it often seems they’d like to return to one big mainframe); and IT is not a line organization (and has no line authority). Knowing that, I immediately understood Microsoft's strategy and why, while it would never use it, it loves the 3.0 version of the GPL..."

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