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Two on Philippine Open Source/Microsoft Brouhaha

Sep 19, 2002, 16:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jennifer B. Simes, Erwin Lemuel G. Oliva)

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ITWorld: Philippine Open Source Community Takes on Microsoft

"Microsoft officials fired the first salvo when they said the government can benefit from commercial software from a total cost of ownership standpoint since deploying their products is more cost-effective than using Linux, one of the most popular open source operating systems.

"'Linux is a collection of different technologies from a broad range of different organizations that doesn't have a support mechanism or the technology direction or commitment from an R&D perspective,' said Michael Rawding, Microsoft president for the Asia-Pacific region including Japan..."

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INQ7.net: Microsoft Softens Stand on Open Source Software

"The recent word war between the local open source community and Microsoft has simmered down as Microsoft officials said that there is no war between them and local advocates of 'free' software.

"'We want to encourage the public to be aware of the issues (involving open source and commercial software). But we want to take a sober look at the issues,' Mark Yambot, marketing director of Microsoft Philippines, said in an interview. 'We know that we've been singled out, and this is not productive because we're in this industry together where we all mean well...'"

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