[Linux-aus] Interesting spin

Anthony Towns aj at azure.humbug.org.au
Sun Nov 30 12:06:01 UTC 2003

On Sun, Nov 30, 2003 at 09:26:12AM +0800, Leon Brooks wrote:
> On Sat, 29 Nov 2003 05:31, Con Zymaris wrote:
> >> "Copyright-style open-source licenses such as the BSD license are
> >> best for research purposes because they provide the most options for
> >> licensing derivative programs, said Todd Needham, manager of
> >> Microsoft Corp.s research programs group. "
> Translation:
>     "Please use something we can effectively steal and incorporate
>     with nothing worse than a copyright acknowledgement. 

Fair enough, although that's only one of the results, it's not what
he's actually saying.

>     Anything that we can't co-opt is The Enemy, and if it's our enemy
>     we can probably paint it to be the enemy of truth, freedom,
>     justice, free trade, free enterprise, the great American Way Of
>     Life, business and development in general, plus your mother and
>     her apple pies. Not to mention any opportunities we get to lable
>     them 'pinko Commie terrorist sympathisers'."

But, uh, if you're really reading all that into the rather staid comment
from Microsoft above, take a pill. One of the calming ones.

Anyway, AIUI, Windows Services for Unix [0] actually does include some
GPLed stuff, so presumably that comes under "stuff they can co-opt".

Personally, I'm more interested in building good software (and being
paid for that) without having to try and demonise the alternatives --
whether they be free software, or owned by Microsoft.


[0] "SFU". Makes me want to have a Peter Russell-Clarke moment: "But,
    where's the T?"

Anthony Towns <aj at humbug.org.au> <http://azure.humbug.org.au/~aj/>
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