"And yet, you don't see that, do you? Funny, no other company
attacks Linux the way Microsoft does, and then there's no other
company which arouses such ire in the Linux community as Microsoft
does. Let's take a little roll-call around the tech sphere. I'll
name a company, and give it a 1-to-10 rating for being
"FOSS-friendly." 10 being most friendly, 1 being enemy.
"Now, I'm going to gloss over the occasional border-skirmish
between tribes. Sure, you could find a fight between any two tribes
over something. It's a big Internet. But for the most part, these
are general, off-the-top observations, not based on scientific
studies or anything.
"Apple is a 5 on the FOSS-friendly scale. They're indifferent.
We're not friends, and we're not enemies. When I say "If Microsoft
would get off Linux's back all the time, we wouldn't have such
lousy relations.", Apple is the example I have in mind. While Apple
is a proprietary company, which practices a lot of lock-in on its
own hardware, it generally leaves Linux (and other platforms)
alone. Apple competes on its own merits. Also has BSD/Unix at its
core, had Darwin for a FOSS project, and so on."
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