osOpinion: Drugs, Microsoft and .NetJan 09, 2001, 07:07 (19 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Revill)
[ Thanks to Kelly McNeill for this link. ]
"Lets assume you used .net for a short term (perhaps just as a means of software experimentation), but later decided that you'd rather change to open office and Linux. Because Microsoft now has your data, you can't just grab your documents off the net and start using star office to convert them as easily as you might have do so before."
"This is because users of Microsoft's upcoming .net service are required to pay for each file copy he/she makes. In essence, users of free software would actually be required to pay money (to Microsoft of all companies) thus eliminating advantages associated to the free software market."
"If one were to look at Microsoft's new strategy as well as the illegal drug industry, one would find some interesting parallels."