December 2, 2003

Eric Raymond on Microsoft

Eric Raymond, president of the Open Source Initiative, points to the transcript of a recent conference call in which he was quizzed about open source
by Prudential Securities analyst Brent Thill and a group of Prudential Securities investors.

At one point, Thill asks Raymond, "Is there a way that Microsoft could coexist with the open source movement?"

Raymond answers, "It's hard to see how because they're used to a level of pricing and a level of profits that can really only be sustained if you have
monopoly lockout. So in that sense I don't really see how they could survive."



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