Salon: Who cracked Microsoft?
Oct 28, 2000, 21:39 (23 Talkback[s])
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"...And so far, we don't have a clue as to who was responsible.
Are Russian mafia figures actually involved, or is the St.
Petersburg data point just a link in a chain that leads elsewhere?
Is this a case of industrial espionage or juvenile
"Or is it freedom fighting?"
"The antagonistic dynamic that exists between Microsoft and
free-software hackers is unavoidably obvious to anyone who has been
following the growth of open-source software over the past few
years. At one point, arch open-source evangelist Eric Raymond was
even linking to a picture of Bill Gates in Nazi regalia from the
opensource.org Web site. In Europe, distaste for and distrust
of out-of-control American capitalism are widely acknowledged
motivating forces for free-software hacking. Open vs. proprietary
-- it's the good vs. evil foundation of the hacker worldview.
Hatred of Microsoft keeps some hackers up at night, plotting their
own software-led world domination."