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Apple: A Bigger Open Source Enemy Than Microsoft?

Oct 21, 2008, 15:32 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Christopher Tozzi)

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"For example, the Free Software Foundation published an essay last summer containing a number of criticisms of the iPhone. Many of the iPhone policies-- like the requirement that all applications be installed from Apple's central repository, allowing Apple to monopolize iPhone software in an unprecedented way-- far surpass anything that Microsoft has ever done to lock in users.

"Apple's record on desktop computers, where it seeks via legal and technical restrictions to monopolize hardware as well as software, is not much better, and its history of DRM endorsement on iTunes is equally troubling. In this light, it's hard to see Apple as the valiant underdog in the fight against Microsoft that it portrays itself as."

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