Tuesday, 7 September 2004

Apache Foundation pulls out of Sender-ID - Builder UK
A useful illustration of Microsoft's complete incomprehension of open source. It's free, guys, as in no catch, for the good of society, for others to do with as they see fit (except make money). It's not about who wins, it's about nobody losing, except the person who did the work originally - which is their choice.

It's Microsoft's combative spirit that has made them this enviable goliath, that has arguably brought open source into existence, as some sort of antithesis (nemesis?) of Microsoft's capitalist principles. In any other industry, these principles would be incontestable. But in software, the marginal cost of production is 0, nada, zip. Therefore, is software a product or a service?

Sunday, 5 September 2004

Dell, prisoner of the Beast of Redmond | The Register

Interesting take on the M$ kickback issue, demonstrating, once again, that the playing field is still not level. I find it hard to believe that as much as 25% of Dell's profit is from Microsoft kickbacks, though...