Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 13th May 2007 22:24 UTC, submitted by Havin_it
Legal "Free software is great, and corporate America loves it. It's often high-quality stuff that can be downloaded free off the Internet and then copied at will. It's versatile - it can be customized to perform almost any large-scale computing task - and it's blessedly crash-resistant. A broad community of developers, from individuals to large companies like IBM, is constantly working to improve it and introduce new features. No wonder the business world has embraced it so enthusiastically: More than half the companies in the Fortune 500 are thought to be using the free operating system Linux in their data centers. But now there's a shadow hanging over Linux and other free software, and it's being cast by Microsoft. The Redmond behemoth asserts that one reason free software is of such high quality is that it violates more than 200 of Microsoft's patents."
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Microsoft Takes on the Free World
by pjafrombbay on Mon 14th May 2007 06:00 UTC
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Ballmer and his "cult of the personality" staff continually rant about how bad FOSS is and how inappropriate it is for both corporate and personal use. If that's the case then why do they raise this hoary old chestnut from time to time? Were Microsoft revenues down last quarter? Vista not doing as well as they thought? X-Box being trounced by Playstation? Need to spread some fear and doubt.

Give it a rest Microsoft - either put up or shut up.

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