Linked by David Adams on Tue 5th Aug 2008 21:20 UTC, submitted by JCooper
Microsoft Microsoft . . . complained in its annual report that it was facing increasing pressure from open source companies. It claims they are stealing its ideas and benefiting from its intellectual property. "A number of commercial firms compete with us using an open source business model by modifying and then distributing open source software to end users at nominal cost and earning revenue on complementary services and products." Also see analysis at Microsoft Watch.
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Eh
by Ben Jao Ming on Wed 6th Aug 2008 00:25 UTC
Ben Jao Ming
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2005-07-26

Whenever I think about those Microsoft flagships I somehow also think about other products.

.Net reminds me a lot about Java
IE7 reminds me a lot about Firefox
IIS 7 reminds me a lot about Apache
Vista Gadgets reminds me a lot about OSX Widgets
Windows Live reminds me a lot about Google
MS SQL reminds me a lot about Sybase
Silverlight reminds me a lot about all those Adobe Flash solutions

The list is longer.. add more if you like. Anyways, let's not fight. It's pointless. IT is about freedom of ideas, and if Microsoft is gonna whine about it, then clearly they have too much money and power to accept that freedom.

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