" For nearly two years, Bruce Perens was a senior strategist for
open-source software at Hewlett-Packard--an evangelist and
rabble-rouser on behalf of a computing counterculture that is
increasingly moving into the mainstream. Part of the job
description, he was told, was to 'challenge H.P. management.'
"His last day as a Hewlett-Packard employee was 10 days ago. The
parting was amicable, Mr. Perens said, but he was
fired--'officially a termination,' he noted. 'It came after a long,
long warning," Mr. Perens explained. "The thing that I did that was
most hazardous for H.P. is the Microsoft-baiting I tend to do.'
"A spokeswoman for Hewlett-Packard declined to comment on Mr.
Perens's departure, citing company policy against making public
statements about why individual employees leave..."
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