"In a perfect world, there would be no bullies, no software
patents, and no one would need to write code like this. But here in
the real world, with our very practical feet firmly planted on
terra firma, aren't you glad you have some very clever friends?
"Back in July of 2003, in the very first interview I ever gave,
I was asked if I thought Microsoft was behind the SCO attacks on
Linux, and while I said back then that I didn't know, I felt the
issue was bigger than the players, that it was a culture clash
between proprietary software and FOSS, and I expressed confidence
that no matter who was involved, FOSS had a wonderful edge:
"So, what do you do about a bully? If he's bigger than you are,
you certainly try to outsmart him. There's no lack of brains on our
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