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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RE[7]: I agree...
by lemur2 on Fri 24th Jul 2009 02:31 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: I agree..."
lemur2
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"Agreed ... so why is there such a huge, overwhelming amount of paranoid, unreasoning hostility directed at FOSS coming from Microsoft and its supporters?
Because FOSS is an ideology that not everyone subscribes to? Because it threatens existing businesses that have invested vast amounts of money into products, only to see FOSS equivalents springing up and undercutting them? Large companies generally don't like change, and open source is a much more serious threat than mere commercial competition. "

OK. At least this identifies where the "hate" problem stems from. Big companies who want to charge people a fortune for a given service or product absloutely hate it when the people get it for themselves.

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