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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This outburst from MS is easy to disprove.... :-)

Ok, MS is basically saying that they are the "source of quality" - "those nasty ol' open-source coders got their quality code and ideas from us".

If that is true (that MS is where "quality code" comes from), then **why is it** that MS can't produce high-quality software **THEMSELVES?**. Since they are supposedly the place that quality *originates* from, they **MUST** be able to! But no -

* They can't produce an OS that doesn't crash.
* They can't produce an OS with excellent security.

Only one conclusion to come to (and that is the obvious one).... MS is lying. Quality comes from elsewhere, not them (and everyone *except* them knows it... ).
- obsidian

Edited 2007-05-14 07:29

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