Illuminating the elephant in the open source room
Jan 22, 2010, 06:04 (1 Talkback[s])
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"Microsoft is an elephant that needs to be turned to stop it
trampling the open source community, according to a vocal critic of
the software giant's approach to software patents.
"Speaking at the annual Linux.conf.au event, which is being held
in Wellington, New Zealand, one of the lead developers for the
Samba Team and Google employee, Jeremy Allison, described Microsoft
as a real threat to the open source community.
""We have a system that is absolutely free that we can do
anything with, so why are we so obsessed with picking on
Microsoft?" Allison asked the audience. "Shouldn't we leave the
elephant alone and stop poking it with sticks? Well, the problem is
they aren't going to leave us alone."