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If Yahoo Implodes, What's the Effect on Open Source?

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One of the interesting aspects of Microsoft's long-running pursuit of Yahoo has been the potential knock-on effects for open source. Although the company doesn't make much of the fact, it uses a lot of free software, and has helped open source projects by employing some of the top hackers.

The prospect of Microsoft controlling that activity was worrying enough, but in the light of its apparent failure to convince Yahoo to be acquired, here's another troubling thought:

Today’s news is that three more of Yahoo’s best executives are leaving the company: Qi Lu, Brad Garlinghouse and Vish Makhijani. That follows the departure of two executive vice presidents, Jeff Weiner and Usama Fayyad.

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