[oclug] MicroSoft says Linux, OpenSource threaten innovation
ragnar at hawk.igs.net
Thu Feb 15 22:50:51 EST 2001
The one thing about the American mindset is that it is unpredictable. We all
know what MS is saying is stupid but if you want to get the US to listen start
waving the flag. Microsoft knows full well what they are doing. US history
is full of stupid propaganda concepts turning ugly. The US black list to
mention one. Honest US citizens had their lives completely ruined by a
communist scare that was completely fabricated.
It may never happen but do not let your guard down by discounting it as
Adrian Chung wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 15, 2001 at 04:55:47PM -0600, Mike Warnecke wrote:
> > While we might laugh, this line of propaganda is not stupid. I think
> > they aim to make Linux and Open Source look like a foreign enemy against
> > the "American Way." If they convince enough people, and enough
> > lawmakers this could turn ugly.
> I disagree! This line of propaganda *is* stupid. The claims made in
> this article, especially the fact that open source "stifles
> innovation" is about the most unfounded claim about open source that
> I've heard in a long time.
> How could this turn ugly? Is the US government going to pass
> legislation stating that Open Source is illegal? What's next? No
> more free speech?
> > I am still looking for something that they have truly "innovated."
> > Everything seems to be an incompatible facelift (just because she's
> > prettier doesn't mean she's better) of something someone else created.
> > I'll probably be waiting a long time.
> They've had some good ideas, and I think lots of developers will agree
> that they've had some good ideas. They just can't seem to implement
> them in a way that actually works. :)
> It's interesting to recall that Miguel de Icaza's keynote speech at
> last year's OLS was all about how GNOME is copying Microsoft's ideas,
> but doing them better.
> Adrian Chung - adrian at enfusion dash group dot com
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