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Re: Microsoft needs a help strategy

From: Peter Köhlmann
Subject: Re: Microsoft needs a help strategy
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2009 21:29:33 +0100
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Hadron wrote:

> Sermo Malifer <> writes:
>> amicus_curious wrote:
>>> "Rjack" <> wrote in message
>>>> advocates are ideologically blinded to these facts.
>>> That is an interesting spin to the issue!
>>> The reality is that the GPL has no practical effect on anything of
>>> any importance in terms of market development.  One could, perhaps,
>>> take GPL code and attempt to create a new software product by
>>> extending the GPL source in some useful way, but, if you think about
>>> it more deeply, that is ever so unlikely to be successful.
>> Or you could create software that runs on a GPL OS but that is not
>> derived from its source code.
>>> For example, say you could safely, without getting ground up in the
>>> gears of the SFLC or FSF, hijack the source code for Open Office or
>>> Gimp or even Linux itself.
>> IOW, if you could steal somebody else's work and pass it off as your
>> own.
>>> If you try to sell it as a product by itself, with nothing added,
>>> you are going to fail, since the product is already available at
>>> essentially zero cost and you have nothing to differentiate
>>> yourself.
>> IOW, you can't get away with stealing somebody else's work and passing
>> it off as your own.
> Not "IOW" at all.
> It doesn't take much imagination to see the stuff being stolen and used
> as a BASE for an improved version.

Similar tools exists *and* are used by FOSS

> You sound as much of a dumb arse as Phil Da Lick on this subject.

Your certainly are as dumb as dirt, Hadron Snot Quark

You seem to think that people could get away by stealing OSS on a
significant scale
You are a shining example for the advances in artificial stupidity

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