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LinuxPlanet: Rant Mode Equals One: M$ Losing Ugly on Kerberos

May 19, 2000, 17:27 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Ferris)

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"The recent rumblings between Slashdot and Microsoft may be Microsoft's idea of defending their turf, but ultimately they will serve to undo any vestiges of positive public opinion left in regards to the software giant. First, you have to understand, the Kerberos scandal is an ugly one--Microsoft has yet again been caught trying to "embrace and extend" a well known and heavily standardized protocol."

"And now, Slashdot's lawyers have pretty much stepped up to the plate, and told the software giant where to go today. I can see where this is headed, as Microsoft's chairman Bill Gates hates to lose--at all costs. Likely the cost in this case is going to be a loss far bigger than a legal battle and some hokey protocol extensions being removed from a web site."

"After the lawyers, judges and politicians are done, in other words, the public will be looking at Microsoft and wondering why several billion dollars and a 90% lock on desktop systems is not enough to satisfy them. Why are they picking this fight, one that they might win legally, but one they will surely lose in the court of public opinion--and why now?"

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