"The latest jokester? Microsoft's operating system guru Jim
Allchin. This guy should quit his day job as soon as possible and
go straight into stand-up comedy."
"Take his latest public comments on the open-source software
movement. Please. A week ago he was quoted as saying that open
source is a profound threat to innovation and intellectual property
rights. Open source -- which is epitomized by the Linux OS -- is a
threat to the software industry and, said Allchin, fundamentally
"I laughed so hard I cried. And I'll bet I wasn't the only
one. Like any truly inspired bit of comedy, Allchin's remarks
were funny on many different levels. First, and most obviously, the
idea of Allchin and Microsoft as the defenders of software
innovation is, shall we say, incongruous?"
"Then there was the whole un-American thing. Brilliant. In a
written statement to our own Peter Coffee, Allchin later explained
that what he's really concerned about is the so-called General
Public License (or GPL) under which development for open-source
programs like Linux is currently undertaken."
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