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CNET News: Open Source: Rebels at the Gate

Oct 14, 2002, 19:00 (24 Talkback[s])
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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 access...'"

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