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O'Reilly Network: Tim O'Reilly: Shuttle Diplomacy Between Allchin and Stallman

Mar 01, 2001, 14:18 (61 Talkback[s])
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"The GNU GPL and the American Way, Richard Stallman's response to Jim Allchin's recent comments on government support for open source, is a wonderful piece of writing that clearly articulates the values of the free software movement."

"I really like what Richard has to say, and certainly have many reservations about some of Microsoft's business practices, but at the same time, I have been disappointed by how quick members of the free software and open source communities have been to assume the worst in Jim's remarks. As Tevye says in Fiddler on the Roof, if we live by an "eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth...before long, the whole world will be blind and toothless."

"I met for two hours with Jim Allchin last Friday, because I wanted to ask him face to face what he meant, and read his body language to see if this was a calculated course of FUD on the part of Microsoft, as many people have concluded, or a legitimate misunderstanding of a few remarks taken out of context. I persuaded Jim to let me tape part of our conversation, and I'll be publishing it later this week, after I have a chance to have the tape transcribed. However, that will take a few days, and I wanted to share some of what I observed while this issue is still hot. One quick way to do that is to publish a couple of the comments I sent to Richard after reviewing a draft of his response."

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