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Re: Discussion - non-free software removal

On Fri, Nov 15, 2002 at 05:47:39PM -0500, Branden Robinson wrote:
> This certainly flies in the face of the common argument that Free
> Software only "chases taillights".

Careful.  That's a *Microsoft* argument.  If it seems common, it's probably
because Microsoft is paying a lot of people to repeat it.  I submit the
existence of the Internet as evidence against this argument.  Even
Microsoft doesn't believe it -- in the original Halloween document, they
have this little paragraph:

     * Research/teaching projects on top of Linux are easily
       `disseminated' due to the wide availability of Linux source. In
       particular, this often means that new research ideas are first
       implemented and available on Linux before they are available /
       incorporated into other platforms.

Richard Braakman

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