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The Star (Malaysia): Microsoft vs. Open Source

May 06, 2002, 22:00 (19 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Charles F. Moreira)

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Microsoft: We're Concerned Open Source Has No Economic Benefits

"Microsoft (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd said it was concerned that the Open Source Software (OSS) movement lacks economic benefits to the nation and to individual developers.

"Responding to increasing press coverage on OSS and interest amongst the private and public sector, the company said that while it believed OSS has a definite role to play in the 'software ecosystem,' it questioned its long-term viability and sustainability.

"'We are concerned that the OSS movement lacks the economic motivation to sustain development and innovation in the long term, since after all, someone has to feed the developers,' said Alex Fong, director of Microsoft Malaysia's Central Marketing Organisation..."

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But Then Again, OSS Can Save Us

"Open Source Software (OSS) proponents reacted strongly to Microsoft Malaysia's arguments against the model, saying that OSS in fact goes hand-in-hand with the country?s high-tech aspirations.

"'In my view, what this country wants and needs to achieve ultimately is not really to just earn money through the pure sales of software,' said independent software consultant Dr Nah Soo Hoe, also a member of the Malaysian National Computer Confederation's Open Source Special Interest Group (MNCC-OSSIG)..."

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OSS Developers: We're Eating Enough, Thank You Very Much

"Microsoft Malaysia's contention that the Open Source Software (OSS) model does not sufficiently reward developers was rebuffed by one company that does it for a living.

"'Tell Microsoft that all of the developers at eXtropia eat heartily ... in fact, sometimes too heartily,' chuckled Eric Tachibana, chief executive officer of open web technology company, eXtropia (

"The belief that OSS does not reward developers was wrong, he said..."

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