Don’t Work Downstream from Redmond

“This is my problem with Microsoft’s patent pledge, with the
Microsoft-Novell deal over codecs for Monopolight, and just about
everything coming out of Redmond except for the pretty words of the
open source interoperability lab.

“Discriminatory distribution clauses are contrary to the four
freedoms of software. Couching that discrimination in the language
of business ($40 billion in annual revenue seems like a pretty fair
return for $7 billion in annual research to me) and waving the
tired old tatters of the flag of innovation doesn’t make that
discrimination right, and it doesn’t hide it very well…”

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