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osOpinion: The Right to Bear Silicon: Dismounted Drill Tactics and Real OS's

Jun 07, 2000, 05:48 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David C. Manchester)

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"The problems and strategies of Operating Systems may seem far removed from military strategy, but all that Drill and Ceremony training I got in the service actually lent insight into distinguishing the difference between an actual Operating System, like Linux, and other Unixen, and an information delivery control and filtering device, like the products made and sold by Microsoft Corp...."

"Microsoft's Battle plan to attack Open Source and Internet protocols and Linux as laid out in The Halloween memos is only the most disturbing and threatening salvo to be fired in a while. Judging from the current status of Kereberos, and given the DMCA and the tolerance of the courts for this nonsense, MS's insidious battle plan seems to be working. This might seem inauspicious at the moment, but it will backfire, so I'm not too worried about these transitory thrashings emanating from Microsoft...."

"After all, I extend my information, my thoughts, my ideas, and my contacts with friends and colleagues, all of it, through the medium of my general purpose PC. That's why Linux is essential. It gives me that control over my information, in an open way that is understandable and whose design is openly peer reviewed in public. It is designed for use, and results without impediment, by and for a human individual. One at a time, individuals have contributed to the open codebase It wasn't designed so that some entity external to my body can control my access to ANY data or algorithm.

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