"It doesn't take long for word to get around when a company
attempts to turn a "standard" into a piece of proprietary code.
Especially when the company in question is the increasingly
"Thus, it was no surprise last week when within minutes of
Microsoft's lawyers' sending a note to Slashdot, the Linux
free-for-all site, that the open software community was up in arms.
Microsoft asked Slashdot, in its role as ISP, to pull a handful of
posts from its site that Microsoft said violated its end-user
license agreement covering a proprietary extension Microsoft made
to Kerberos. Kerberos is an Internet Engineering Task Force
standard authentication protocol, support for which Microsoft built
into Windows 2000."
"That's all well and good. But instead of targeting their
wrath at Microsoft for bastardizing a standard, the majority of
Slashdot posters went nuts on Microsoft for allegedly attempting to
curtail free speech."
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