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Linux Journal: Give Us Liberty or Give Us .NET

Dec 12, 2001, 16:57 (15 Talkback[s])
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"What this project lacks in market share and brand awareness (not to mention Passport's baked-in support with every new copy of Windows XP), it makes up for in PR. "Liberty Alliance Project charter members currently represent over a billion network identities", the same home page claims.

The unveiling of this project attracted relatively little notice back in October, but at that time AOL still wasn't involved. Now it is.

Of course this plays into the natural tendency of press folks to enter war coverage mode. Suddenly it's AOL vs. Microsoft again.

But is it really? Do we need yet another alliance to save us from yet another Microsoft intermediation play? Is the Liberty Alliance yet another monolithic solution to yet another monolithic problem? And do our federated selves really sense any of this is a huge problem (including our lack of individual federation)?"

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