ZDNet/Yahoo!: Torvalds Blasts Microsoft's Mundie On Open Source
May 11, 2001, 21:56 (18 Talkback[s])
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Slightly less eloquent but more concise than his reaction last
week, Linus once again holds forth on Mr. Mundie: "That argument is
so much crap," Torvalds said, shrugging off Mundie's comments when
asked about them.
"Torvalds said Mundie had seized upon the hard times
for technical companies to try to score points against the open
source code movement. Near the top of his speech, Torvalds noted,
Mundie declared, "It's important that we learn from the lessons of
the past year and apply them." Mundie went on to note that many of
the failed dot-com companies had given something away in hopes of
making money on auxiliary products and services. Open source code
is the freely shared output of developers, and open source
companies charge only for their packaging and value-added
"He's talking about the need to protect intellectual property,
when the code he's describing isn't his intellectual property to
protect. How does it cause Microsoft to fail if I make my
intellectual property available to everyone, including Microsoft?"
Torvalds asked during a visit Thursday, May 10, to Interactive
Week's offices in San Francisco."