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February 26, 2005


Add to this your MS-versus-Linux conspiracy list

If Microsoft actually produced an MS-Linux that was the standard Linux attached to the driver layer of Windows, giving users full Plug and Play (PnP) support of all their peripherals, nobody would buy any other Linux on the market. Well, except for the fact that Microsoft would be unable to produce such a product without allowing the other vendors access to the driver code as part of the open-source Linux license arrangement (GPL). You can be sure that Microsoft lawyers are studying this as closely as possible to see if there is any way they could market a dominant Linux distribution without killing themselves. So how could they do this?

John Dvorok is definitely making a right reference to Microsoft legal team's role in shaping the product management strategy.  This further proves the point that companies better start inviting lawyers in their product management and strategy meetings. 

February 26, 2005 in Open source | Permalink


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