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Subject: Re: Microsoft motives
From: jeremy@xxxxxxxxx (Jeremy H. Griffith)
Date: Fri, 11 Dec 1998 20:47:39 GMT
Organization: Omni Systems, Inc.
On Fri, 11 Dec 1998 14:32:37 -0800, "Marcus Carr" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: >I've read "The Halloween Paper" before and although there is much that rings >true, I have an inherent mistrust of much of what lives on the web - >remember the graduation speech attributed to Kurt Vonnegut? I'm not openly >questioning its veracity, only noting that a keen observer could reverse >engineer such a policy statement based on Microsoft's behaviour. Assuming >that was the case, the fact that it didn't originate from Microsoft doesn't >necessarily even mean that it's not accurate... As it happens, your "assumption" that the papers involved (there are two) were "reverse-engineered" is incorrect, so your concluding "fact" isn't one. <bg> In *fact*, Microsoft has had to acknowledge authorship... see: http://www.opensource.org/halloween.html for the full story, including numerous links to documentation on this. And, BTW, the papers aren't policy statements, but internal research papers on Linux and other open-source initiatives intended for the MS policy-makers as background... Eric Raymond (the owner of the above Web site, and a well- known open-source theorist) explains their context well and completely. That said, you are certainly correct about the prevalence of urban legends, or maybe we should call them cyber legends... ;-) My personal favorite is the "suppressed" interview with Bjarne Stroustrup on the origin of C++... as a way to increase employment for programmers by sabotaging the software development process. LOL! He's still denying it (quite truthfully)... -- Jeremy H. Griffith, at Omni Systems Inc. (email@example.com) http://www.omsys.com/ ** To unsubscribe, send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org ** ** with "unsubscribe framers" (no quotes) in the body. **