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osOpinion: Who Stands With Microsoft?

Nov 10, 1999, 06:14 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gary Lawrence Murphy)

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"How about those in the FSF, Debian and the LDP? Why? Doesn't their insistence that the only viable software worthy of consideration depends on specific flavors of legal jargon only feed Redmond? How about engineers at RedHat, SuSE and Mandrake who see fit to relocate packages and kernel patches ad-hoc to force their market share?"

"However noble and commendable their efforts in principle, however vital their efforts have been to get us this far, all groups who expend their energies to divide and partition the only viable desktop alternative and to discount functionally acceptably means on political grounds, all of them fuel and sustain what has now been injected into our popular parlance as the "applications barrier."

"Do those who work to divide Linux from BSD, who divide opensource from free software and free software from proprietary, who divide Gnome from KDE and KDE from other X platforms, do all of them work to perpetuate Microsoft? And I am not just talking about the testosterone powered zealots, but also those who craft APIs which bind their applications to single Unix or even Linux subspecies; yes some of it is unavoidable, but is all of it? How about AOL? Was Mozilla a desperate SOS, corked in a bottle as pirates boarded their ship, an artifact the rest of us now admire as a fine piece of glassware instead of popping it open?"

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