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?

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