FUD And Loathing In Redmond

Even as Bill Gates pleaded ignorance in court last week of his smoking-gun e-mails, two fresh Microsoft memos mysteriously surfaced that give an inside glimpse into how the software giant responds to new ideas it finds threatening. It isn't a pretty sight. "These memorandums lay naked the assumptions of Microsoft's corporate culture--the insularity, the arrogance, the obsessive drive to control," declares Eric Raymond, the programmer who obtained the files and posted them on his website www.opensource.org)

Raymond happens to be the chief evangelist for something known as open-source software (which, not coincidentally, is the target of the new memos),...

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