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Sat, 14 Nov 2009 08:56:41 -0500
Thunderbird 220.127.116.11 (Windows/20090812)
Microsoft has once again demonstrated the strategic brilliance of it's
"Embrace, Extend and Extinguish" philosophy.
Steve Ballmer is easily ten steps ahead of Richard Stallman. By
relicensing the download tool under the GPL, Microsoft perpetuates
the myth that the "viral" property of the GPL is a legally valid
construct. By encouraging open source authors to believe in the
effectiveness of the GPL and reinforcing their philosophical beliefs,
Microsoft helps ensure that no entrepreneurial upstart can enter the
proprietary market to threaten it.
Ballmer allows a small percentage of the OS market to Linux and Apple
-- just enough to keep the Department of Justice's antitrust division
off its back. The delusional predictions of "world dominance" by
"Free" software advocates that have issued for the past decade are
music to Microsoft's ears. Microsoft learned long ago that the
effectiveness of exploiting peoples' emotions trumps the value of
quality source code.
Someone in Redmond is dancing and laughing to sweet refrains of "Where
have all the flowers gone... When will they ever learn?".
- Microsoft's brilliance,