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InfoWorld: Open-source vendors respond to Microsoft 'attack'

May 06, 2001, 14:53 (28 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mark Berger)

InfoWorld takes us into Day Four of the "Mundie Affair" with a roundup of responses among Open Source developers and business people including Brian Behlendorf, Jeremy Allison, Lyle Ball of Lineo and Robin Gross of the EFF. Readers may be shocked to learn they all disagree with Mr. Mundie's comments:

"Ball's comments were echoed by many on Thursday. Jeremy Allison, a senior software engineer for VA Linux Systems and the co-creator of Samba, an open-source Windows file and print server that runs on a range of operating systems from Microsoft to Apple Computer, said in an interview that Mundie's speech was a further attempt by Microsoft to maintain what he considers the company's chokehold on the industry.

'In terms of what the speech is trying to achieve, it seems to entirely be about control,' Allison said. 'If they lose control of their underlying monopoly they become a regular software vendor.'"

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