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Wall Street Journal: Savvy tech entrepreneurs stay out of Microsoft's way

Jul 03, 2001, 00:30 (43 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nick Wingfield)

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Among those who believe that Microsoft shouldn't be sanctioned for antitrust violations and that the courts have no business going after Microsoft: Eric Raymond and Ximian's Nat Friedman.

"But a surprisingly large group of entrepreneurs, including some of Microsoft’s most vocal critics, say they either don’t want or don’t need any court-ordered protection from Bill Gates & Co. Instead, they have come up with their own ways to keep what they see as the wolf from the door...."

"'We believe we can win in the market of ideas rather than in the courts,' says Nat Friedman, co-founder of Ximian Inc., a Boston-based company that is developing a suite of Linux-based products to compete with Microsoft's applications software."....

"Mr. Freeman, of Ximian, believes the open-source movement is leveling the playing fields by creating high-quality, free software that isn’t controlled by any one entity. Moreover, 'open-source development tends to be centered around the Internet, which is an area where Microsoft has had very little leverage,' said Eric Raymond, a prominent open-source advocate. 'My own view is that [government] intervention was neither necessary or justified,' Mr. Raymond said."

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