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ServerWatch: Enterprise Unix Roundup--Sending Microsoft a Message

Sep 18, 2004, 11:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Hall)

"In an update last week we noted that opposition to Microsoft's Sender ID for E-Mail specification was beginning to harden as the Apache Software Foundation and Debian Project both announced they would refuse to implement it. The objections came as the result of Microsoft's insistence on patenting elements of the technology behind the specification and growing concern over encumbering a key piece of Internet infrastructure with patented technology.

"A variety of responses emerge whenever the nettlesome issues of patents and standards come up. One chip Microsoft's always had to play was the overwhelming complacency its market dominance engenders in bystanders, coupled with unease or outright hostility toward the moralistic language open-source crusaders often use when describing their opposition to Microsoft's embrace-extend-exclude tactics..."

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