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The Economist: An open and shut case. What is behind Microsoft's attack on open-source software?

May 11, 2001, 06:06 (41 Talkback[s])

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The Economist has turned an unhappy eye on Microsoft in this piece, noting that open source software isn't something that exists merely to thwart Redmond as much as it is a natural result of the Internet "which means that it is here to stay." Those looking for a concise, lucid account of what open source is all about might want to check this out.

"Open source is not so much the ideological cause of anti-Microsoft hackers as a profound effect of the Internet, which means that it is here to stay. The emergence of free, open-source alternatives to costly proprietary software will undoubtedly hurt Microsoft?hence Mr Mundie?s speech. In a further swipe at open source, Microsoft this week launched a new range of server software that, it claimed, offers ?superior value? to Linux, by providing ?clarity of intellectual ownership? and ?predictability of the development process?. In other words, says Microsoft, proprietary software is best because there is no doubt which company owns and maintains it?and, of course, charges for it."

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