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Newsweek/MSNBC: Free? He Says Fee!

Apr 16, 2004, 20:30 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven Levy)

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"Darl McBride, the CEO of the most hated company that most people never heard of, considers himself simply a guy trying to save a struggling business. It just so happens that doing so could stifle software competition and reap rewards for a business model based on a legal form of extortion. His strategy? Launching a litigious cluster bomb so he can collect property rights from users of a software product created to avoid the drawbacks of property rights. The product is Linux, the lynchpin of the open-source movement that has become Microsoft's biggest operating-system rival. McBride's weapon is a questionable claim that Linux contains code that belongs to him. And much of the money that's helping to finance his campaign is directly or indirectly attributable to Linux's biggest foe, the Redmond monopoly..."

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