Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 13th Jun 2006 22:16 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source It's time for the Windows and Linux communities to drop the religious war and get together in a hurry to put the strengths of each operating system to best use, according to a nationally recognized authority on Windows Server. At the same time, Microsoft has been reaching out to the open-source community to try to find ways to overcome the incompatibilities between software distributed under the GNU General Public License and its own commercial software.
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by hal2k1 on Wed 14th Jun 2006 02:07 UTC
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2005-11-11

Microsoft wants to use GPL code in its proprietary systems - in the same way that it appropriated the BSD TCP/IP stack.

FOSS just wants interoperability. No closed formats/protocols. FOSS would be perfectly happy if Microsoft's "olive branch" was true support for open standards like ODF, Ogg Vorbis, OpenGL, PDF, Kerebros and the like. Perhaps even a "MS Word for Linux".

These two psotions are poles apart. Microsoft is never going to get to be able to appropriate GPL'd code and charge users for it, and Microsoft is never going to adopt interoperability of protocols/formats and abandon its attempts at lock-in.

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RE: Translation - others think this too.
by hal2k1 on Wed 14th Jun 2006 03:06 in reply to "Translation"
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2005-11-11

http://www.linux-watch.com/news/NS9006356588.html

"Microsoft doesn't innovate, no matter what their ads may say. They embrace technologies and then extend them by making them incompatible with other technologies. If they can't do that, they try to replace them with other technologies."

"Here's the heart of the matter: Open source developers and leaders should no more trust Microsoft than little Red Riding Hood should trust any wolves she might find in the woods. One way or another, someone's going to get eaten, and in the world of business, there are no friendly wood choppers around to save open-source from the wolf."

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iarann Member since:
2006-05-14


"Microsoft doesn't innovate, no matter what their ads may say.


I would have to strongly disagree with you here, though the rest of your quote you could support. Just take a look at the new UI for Word 2007. Or the whole .NET Framework and CLI technologies. You may not necessarily agree with these things as good or bad, but to say they are not trying to innovate would be inaccurate.


They embrace technologies and then extend them by making them incompatible with other technologies. If they can't do that, they try to replace them with other technologies."


You could make a strong case for this argument, but I would say they are getting better. I think the main thing is how much they can influence the market. Even with their commanding share of the Office Suite field, they still support WordPerfect format for example.


"Here's the heart of the matter: Open source developers and leaders should no more trust Microsoft than little Red Riding Hood should trust any wolves she might find in the woods. One way or another, someone's going to get eaten, and in the world of business, there are no friendly wood choppers around to save open-source from the wolf."


I would agree with this statement, but I think there are a lot more wolves in the woods than Microsoft, some of them FOSS advocates.

As a disclaimer, I use OS X, Solaris, and Arch Linux as my primary operating systems, with only occasionally logging into Windows XP for game purposes.

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