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Smart Partner: Red Hat's mad as hell and isn't going to take it anymore

Feb 26, 2001, 23:02 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

"Szulik's exasperated response is, "There's so much FUD (Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt) here, it's hard to know where to start." But, then he does so by dividing Microsoft's arguments into three core contentions: Linux is immature; Linux threatens Microsoft's core business and open source destroys intellectual property and kills innovation...."

"When it comes to Linux threatening Microsoft core's business, Szulik agrees--that's exactly what Linux is doing at the server operating system level. From here, he moves into the high rhetoric of open source believers, "But even more dangerous, the open source model threatens the core business strategy of Microsoft domination, monopoly, total control and restricted consumer choices. History has shown that hegemonists and those who restrict freedom ultimately fail. Microsoft is on the wrong side of history...."

"Indeed as far as Szulik is concerned, "I'd argue that a worldwide monopoly, enforced by business practices that a federal judge has found to be predatory and anti-competitive probably has more to do with killing innovation than anything the open source movement could ever do."

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