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What Does Microsoft Have to Do to Earn FOSSers' Respect?

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Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) may not have fully endeared itself into the FOSS rank and file with its recent attempt to hold hands with the open source community. Feelings are not unanimous regarding the commercial software giant's decision in April to front a company-owned subsidiary called "Microsoft Open Technologies."

The subsidiary's stated purpose is to advance Microsoft's investment in open source software. That includes code interoperability and open standards.

Remember that line about being wary of Greeks bearing gifts? That lesson from Vergil's Aeneid could very well sum up the reaction from certain parts of the FOSS community.

Pity poor Microsoft.




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