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Salon: Microsoft über alles

“In January, the term “open source” did not exist. By December
there was no avoiding it.”

“In 1998, the public woke up and realized that the affairs of
the Internet and the technology industry weren’t merely the
province of over-educated engineers and social misfits. Instead,
they seemed to become the overwhelming force behind the global
economy, a powerful influence on the dynamics of U.S. politics and
media and an increasingly potent fuel for social change.”

“On Halloween, Eric Raymond, open source’s No. 1 evangelist,
published a leaked Microsoft memo detailing how open source
challenged the software giant’s business.”

Read Microsoft
über alles
.