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[8]: Embrace Extend Extinguish
by bert64 on Fri 24th Jul 2009 10:50 UTC in reply to "RE[7]: Embrace Extend Extinguish"
bert64
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2007-04-23

Being profitable is not the problem, trying to exert control over everyone is the issue...

Sure, you can choose not to use anything from MS but that puts you at a disadvantage and that's not how it should be. People should be free to choose what they use and not be pushed towards one particular vendor by intentional incompatibility and proprietary formats/protocols.

You don't get the same in other markets, because of standards i can choose the car that suits me best safe in the knowledge that it will run on the same fuel and on the same roads as any other car. I can choose the TV i want safe in the knowledge that it supports the same standards as any other TV, and i can watch the same programs on it and connect the same game consoles to it etc.

When MS start participating in the open standards dialogs everyone else is, and actually implementing those standards in good faith and seeking to improve any deficiencies in them rather than exploiting them (see their implementation of odf)

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