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Re: the ghost of UEFI and Micr0$0ft

On 07. 06. 12 00:33, Weaver wrote:
> There are two issues only to consider here:
> (1) Who controls the keys and who controls them.
> (2) I resent any degree of control of the open source software
> movement being given over into the control of anybody else.
> Recognise this for what it is.
> Microsoft fears us.
> Gates admitted this in a recent intermanagement memo.

This is a 2001 memo. A chapter is titled "Openness" and its last sentence is quite illuminating.

« Our most potent Operating System competitor is Linux and the phenomena around Open Source and free software. The same phenomena fuels competitors to all of our products. The ease of picking up Linux to learn it or modify some pieces of it is very attractive. The academic community, start up companies, foreign governments and many other constituencies are putting their best work into Linux. Although we cannot make Windows free for commercial use we can do dramatically more to make it accessible including parts of the source code. We can make it free in restricted areas. [...] We need other creative ideas to allow Windows to match the viral nature of Linux. »

A full transcription of the memo:


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