Microsoft closes another deal, is redhat next?

Les Mikesell lesmikesell at
Sun Jun 24 23:36:57 UTC 2007

Robert Cates wrote:

> I don't believe what I'm hearing/reading here!  You mean there's Linux 
> fans out there that don't even know what the Open Source/Free Software 
> movement was/is all about?

I think there is a rather large base that doesn't see it as a religious 
issue and would prefer for everything to work together, letting them use 
whatever is best for any situation, making their own decisions about the 
cost vs. value of the proprietary parts.  That's more or less what open 
source is about, and where it differs from the free software movement.

> So in my opinion, I see these major distro companies heading in the 
> wrong direction (and for the wrong reasons), and I'm wanting less and 
> less to do with them.  I might as well go back to MS Windows.  Instead 
> of one monopoly, we're going to have half-a-dozen, or more.

Any number larger than one is better than only one.  And if they all 
interoperate correctly without worrying about whether they have to use 
an infringing library to do it, so much the better.

   Les Mikesell
     lesmikesell at

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