ITWorld: Philippine Open Source Community Takes on
"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..."
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...'"