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Canada Computes: Linux vs Microsoft

Nov 03, 2000, 14:18 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steve Coe)

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"...This story has broader implications for the Linux scene than it would first appear. Microsoft claims no source was downloaded. The problem with that statement is, logically, to be read at a remote computer it HAS to be downloaded. Maybe I'm just being picky."

"The larger ramifications to this story is, in particular, its possible effect on the WINE project. WINE is an alternative implementation of the Windows programming interface which allows you to run some Windows software under Linux. I have reviewed it before and, while it's not perfect, it's pretty darn good. Around the time this hack was announced, it was also announced that WINE had got Word 2000 and Excel 2000 to run under it. Probably coincidence, but people who love conspiracies find the timing quite intriguing. Having seen the way Microsoft worked in the past, if WINE starts to be able to run a whole lot more Microsoft applications, I'm sure people at Microsoft will start pointing fingers. It's actually kind of surprising they haven't already."

"One theory I had was that Microsoft staged the break-in to leverage law enforcement when it comes to the WINE project by claiming WINE is using stolen source code. Of course, I might just have an overactive imagination."

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