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Seattle Times: Linux resistance battles Microsoft over copyrights

May 21, 2000, 14:05 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rich Miller)

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"The Linux news portal Slashdot uses humorous navigation icons for its discussion topics. For the Microsoft area, the icon is an image of Bill Gates as a Borg, one of the alien enemies from "Star Trek: The Next Generation."

"It's an inside joke for the geek-heavy user base of Slashdot, most of whom would be familiar with the Borg's relentless quest to assimilate the universe, warning foes that "resistance is futile." The Linux-centric Slashdot, which champions free software and free speech, fancies itself as the bridge of the Enterprise."

"Tensions between Microsoft and Slashdot burst into open warfare this month, but the weapons of choice were legal briefs and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), rather than photon torpedoes."

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