Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 13th Mar 2007 22:41 UTC, submitted by WillM
Microsoft "When Bill Hilf came from IBM to join Microsoft three years ago, the company's stance on open source vacillated wildly. It would swing from outright indifference to overt nastiness. Today, something else is unfolding: Microsoft is striking a surprising balance. It has stopped dismissing open source licensing and community development as dangerous folly or evil foe, and is looking for a way to both compete and co-exist."
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But at one point early on, IBM started insisting tat any software that "linked" to their operating system was their property. There was only one program (theirs,) and all of our code was stored in a "phase" of that program.

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