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osOpinion: Is it Time for Linux to Start Playing Dirty?

Jul 26, 2000, 05:58 (25 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ben Harris)

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"Why not? Just think of it: Open Source Anti-competitive Practices. It has the curious ring of a paradox or a contradiction and the result would be poetic justice for Microsoft."

"What am I proposing? It is simple really. All we Linux developers have to do is add to Linux, Microsoft's secret ingredient, i.e., strategic incompatibility or Embrace, Extend, Extinguish. Since Linux is becoming the most popular web server, we can gradually add features to Linux that will only work with Linux desktops. But we add just enough for people to be irritated and begin to utter "Doh! I have got to switch to Linux. Windows doesn't work very well on the web" or "If you want to surf the web you better use Linux." Wouldn't it be nice if people started getting error messages that read "This web page can only be viewed using Linux" or "To use this feature you must have Linux installed on your computer"? We could even have "Get Linux Now" buttons on the web sites."

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