April 16, 2002

Microsoft learns a lesson from Linux competition

From the Associated Press (via CNN.com): "The company's very public campaign against the idea of freely sharing its software blueprints, called source code, came to a head early last summer. Microsoft's notoriously outspoken chief executive, Steve Ballmer, told a reporter that a competing 'open-source' system called Linux was 'a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual-property sense to everything it touches.'

These days, Microsoft is singing a slightly different tune.

The company says it still believes its software blueprints should be closely held, but says it has come to see the value in sharing some source code with some of its best customers and selected academic institutions."


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