May 3, 2001

Microsoft: Open Source is weak, unstable, and hinders business

Author: JT Smith

It's the speech the Open Source world has been buzzing about, and now you can read the full text at Microsoft's site. Titled "The Commercial Software Model," the speech was delivered today by Microsoft' Craig Mundie at the New York University Stern School of Business . Excerpt: "The OSS development model leads to a strong possibility of unhealthy "forking" of a code base,
resulting in the development of multiple incompatible versions of programs, weakened interoperability,
product instability, and hindering businesses' ability to strategically plan for the future. Furthermore, it
has inherent security risks and can force intellectual property into the public domain."
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