Looking beyond the open source battle
Oct 21, 2009, 17:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bobbie Johnson)
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"For years, the battle between the open source movement and
Microsoft bordered on religious warfare. The two sides fired
increasingly aggressive shots at one another – from the
software goliath's boss, Steve Ballmer, calling open source "a
cancer", to the man behind Linux, Linus Torvalds, suggesting that
he might "destroy Microsoft" without even trying.
"It was a conflict that looked like it could continue for
generations. But now, according to one leading voice, the arguments
are settled – and the opposition posed by Bill Gates, Ballmer
and their followers is untenable.
""If I look at it with some perspective, I think that they are
fighting a rearguard action," says the investor, philanthropist and
campaigner Mitch Kapor. "The battle is over."