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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..."