[linux-elitists] Fundamentally flawed (fwd)
Wed Jul 4 10:38:47 PDT 2001
>>>>> "EL" == Eugene Leitl <Eugene.Leitl@lrz.uni-muenchen.de> writes:
[Quoting Benjamin Kite on Lars Erlandsen's piece ...]
EL> A suggestion: Microsoft is steadily trying to convert
EL> people's (in particular journalists) mindset with words like
EL> 'viral'. Clever use of words, and something you either cannot
EL> refute, or you spend too much time refuting to get your own
EL> message across.
Not to mention that it cannot be refuted since it is partly true! GPL is
designed to be viral. If they are lying, the lie is about BSD, LGPL,
and Artistic licences.
EL> I suggest that all references to Microsoft (by _all_ Open
EL> Source advocates) are prefixed with 'fundamentally flawed',
EL> i.e. "Microsoft's fundamentally flawed security model", [...]
Quite frankly I don't have the stomach for this. Not everything they
ship is "fundamentally flawed." Part of the attractiveness of Open
Source (and I mean Open Source in general not just FSF-free) is the
honesty that comes with it (fibs are hard to hide when the source is
there). This seems to carry over to an extent to the regular
discourse among the users and the providers and is a good thing IMHO.
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