Monday, July 12, 2004

Open Source: the job killer?

In a speech to key Southeast Asian press representatives reported in Asia Computer Weekly, Microsoft's Bill Gates tried to paint Open Source software as a job killer:

"If you don't want to create jobs or intellectual property, then there is a tendency to develop open source.
It is not something you do as a day job. If you want to give it away, you work on it at night
," he said.

Open Source, the job killer that lurks in the shadows of the night. But Bill, tell us more about Internet Explorer - wasn't It "given away" when you were trying to overcome Netscape - was it also only worked on at night? And what about all those software engineers at Novell, IBM and Sun who are creating Open Source software - during the day on the company payroll. How do you explain them?

Microsoft's war against Open Source appears to be a history of Redmond losing one battle after another. Maybe its time to simply compete on the merits of the software, Bill - or would that be too hard?

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