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osOpinion: Mr. Ballmer: Windows is Fascism

Aug 02, 2000, 04:57 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Nadeau)

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"I'm sorry to burst your bubble, Mr. Ballmer, but Linux is not Communism. Communism means that the government owns everything.... Which government owns Linux? None. Linux is NATURE, Steve. Linux is open-source, just like nature is open-source. You are the pot calling the kettle black, though: Windows is Fascism."

"Windows is like Fascism because the government promotes it through enforced standards (such as the IRS requirement to use a Windows application for payroll withholdings). The government is in fact your biggest customer, isn't it, Steve? Not only your biggest customer, but the governments of many countries mandate the use of Windows and Windows applications for a variety of citizen-government interactions. For the government to allow private ownership of a company, but to mandate that millions of people use its products instead of the would-be competitors -- ah, yes, Steve, that is Fascism."

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