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SiliconValley.com: Microsoft's Attack on Open Source: Linus Torvalds Replies

May 05, 2001, 07:47 (98 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Linus Torvalds)

[ Thanks to Tim Hanson for this link. ]

Day Two of "The GPL Under Siege" at LinuxToday, with a response to Craig Mundie by Linus Torvalds, who says "when Mundie wants you to think about all the work that companies have done in order to get patents, he also wants you to forget about all the work done by people like Einstein, Rutherford, Bohr, Leonardo da Vinci and a lot of other people who have done a lot more for humanity than most companies have ever done."

"I wonder if Mundie has ever heard of Sir Isaac Newton? He's not only famous for having basically set the foundations for classical mechanics (and the the original theory of gravitation, which is what most people remember, along with the apple tree story), but he is also famous for how he acknowledged the achievement:"

"If I have been able to see further, it was only because I stood on the shoulders of giants".

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