"The mantra Curtis repeats throughout his book "After the
Software Wars": proprietary software is holding us back as a
"In the book, Curtis says that while proprietary software made
Microsoft one of the most successful companies of all time, it's a
model destined to fail because it doesn't let software programmers
cooperate and contribute, and thus stifles innovation.
"Curtis did programming work on Windows, Office and research at
Microsoft and never actually used Linux, he says, until he quit his
job in late 2004. The ensuing years have made him a Linux fanatic,
and he is convinced that free, open-source software is technically
superior. As long as Microsoft and its proprietary model dominate,
Curtis says, we will live in "the dark ages of computing"."