Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 23rd Jul 2009 22:53 UTC, submitted by Remy Chi Jian Suen
Editorial So, Microsoft submits 20000 lines of code to the Linux kernel, all licensed under the GPL. Microsoft, who considers Linux a great threat, and once called the GPL a "cancer". Opinions on this one are flying all around us, but what does Linus Torvalds, Linux' benevolent dictator, think about all this?
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Contrary to what Linus would have you believe, this is not about hating Microsoft. It's about fighting against those who wish to compromise our freedom...

And the best way to accomplish that is to work on making the best alternative possible, promoting our alternative in a positive way, voting with our wallets, and presenting reasonable arguments for direct action against objectionable practices on the parts of those entities which are abusing their powers.

It's not about completely refraining from expressing disapproval of MS or other companies which infringe upon our freedoms and/or upon the workings of the free market. It is about not *obsessing* upon anti-Microsoftism, banging out post after slavvering post, radidly attacking Microsoft, deserved or not, making even OSS supporters nauseous with one's constant flow of bile.

It's about balance. It's about having a life, Ex-Expat.

And if you read OSNews regularly, you know that we have a few of those bile-spewers right here who need to take this issue very seriously, as they are doing more to hurt the OSS cause than Microsoft ever has.

Edited 2009-07-27 19:43 UTC

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