Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 12th May 2007 21:40 UTC, submitted by dylansmrjones
Microsoft "The Free Software movement is dead. Linux doesn't exist in 2007. Even Linus has got a job today." Controversial statements from the head of Microsoft's Linux Labs, Bill Hilf. Speaking on the last leg of a tour of Singapore, the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, Bill Hilf, more formally known as Microsoft's platform strategy director, was in the region to 'be descriptive and intelligent in giving people an understanding of open source and debunk a lot of the mythology around open source'.
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Typical standard straw man argument
by lindkvis on Sun 13th May 2007 00:39 UTC
lindkvis
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2006-11-21

"He said that most customers run a distribution - RedHat, Novell, Suse or Mandriva. Most of the work on maintaining the Linux kernel is done by developers working for these distributions, he noted"

"They are full-time employees, with 401K stock options. Some work for IBM or Oracle. What does that mean? It means that Linux doesn't exist any more in 2007"

This assumes that free software was ever about everyone working for free. This is not the case. Free software is about people having the opportunity to fix and change what they are being sold or given. If people have regular jobs making money working on free software then that is actually a validation of the free software movement.

The free software movement was never about a free lunch.

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hobgoblin Member since:
2005-07-06

remember, the basics of capitalism is that a product have to have rarity. the rarer it is, the more value it have, given that you have people to sell it to.

but when its given away for free (as in, no limits on who can make copies in this case) said value drops to zero as the rarity also drops to zero.

the interesting thing is that the very mechanism that gives information value was set up to compensating the creators for being creative, not to bleed the world dry.

use a mechanism to abuse the people, and watch the people learn how to turn the exact same mechanism right back on the abusers ;) and thats what the GPL does. linux just happens to be the front runner for the whole concept thats the GPL, the idea of using copyright to give freedoms rather then take them away.

its kinda like trying to take out the standards bearer of a roman legion.

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