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Re: Microsoft's Linux Kernel Code Drop Result of GPL Violation

From: Hyman Rosen
Subject: Re: Microsoft's Linux Kernel Code Drop Result of GPL Violation
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2009 14:16:58 -0400
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Rjack wrote:
Micro$oft loved the GPL. The harassment from "Free Software" advocates
assists the heightening the entry barriers to new, high quality
competition for Micro$oft. The GPL and "Free Software" also prevent
meaningful antitrust action against Micro$oft by the USDOJ. Steve
Ballmer and Marshall Phelps are rolling on the floor laughing at
GNUtian Freetards.

Oh, so you mean that by embracing GNU/Linux, Microsoft
extinguishes other non-free software which might compete
with their own non-free software, but does not extinguish
GNU/Linux itself.

Supposing this were true, why do you think that advocates
of free software would be bothered by this? If the lack of
"high quality competition for Microsoft" leads overall to
non-free software having lower quality, that is a boon for
free software, not a bane. Even if it simply leads to there
being less non-free software available, that itself is good.
It makes creating free alternatives simpler.

If Microsoft creates free software, free software advocates
will welcome it regardless of presumed motivation.

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