July 12, 2001

An Open-Source call to arms

Author: JT Smith

Kelly McNeill writes "There is a war going on, whether we in the open-source community want to admit it or not. In the last couple weeks, Microsoft has fired several warning shots across the bow of the free software and open-source communities. First, it has modified the license for a software toolkit, which disallows all use of open-source software (with the exception of software under a BSD license). Second, Microsoft has chosen FreeBSD, for migrating and developing Windows software (specifically .NET issues) because of its more lenient open-source license. And, lastly, the slanderous claims about open source, Linux and the GPL (General Public License) from Microsoft executives make it clear that the company has declared war upon the open-source community."

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  • Open Source
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