CNET News: Open Source: Rebels at the Gate

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“For years, Bill Gates and other top executives at Microsoft
railed against the economic philosophy of open-source software with
Orwellian fervor, denouncing its communal licensing as a ‘cancer’
that stifled technological innovation.

“Today, Microsoft claims to ‘love’ the open-source concept, by
which software code is made public to encourage improvement and
development by outside programmers. Gates himself says Microsoft
will gladly disclose its crown jewels–the coveted code behind the
Windows operating system–to select customers.

“‘We can be open source. We love the concept of shared source,’
said Bill Veghte, vice president of the Windows Server Group.
‘That’s a super-important shift for us in terms of code


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