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MSNBC/WSJ: A Try to Be "In" With the Code

Mar 29, 2002, 19:00 (41 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rebecca Buckman)

"As a huge and powerful software company, and a fierce defender of its technology secrets, Microsoft Corp. has a hard time looking cool on college campuses.

"That's because brainy young programmers and graduate students like to spend hours taking apart and examining computer software, particularly the arcane instructions known as source code that determine how programs work. Microsoft generally doesn?t allow that. These days, many students are instead tinkering with competing, "open-source" software programs such as the fast-growing Linux operating system, which is easily accessible and free.

"So now the Redmond, Wash., company is stepping up its campaign--and opening its wallet--to reach out to academics and computer-sciences departments nationwide. It is part of the company's continuing, and often controversial, effort to counteract the Linux craze and convert today's soda-swilling college hackers into tomorrow's loyal Microsoft programmers..."

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