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Date:      Mon, 18 Jun 2001 09:22:20 -0700
From:      "Ted Mittelstaedt" <>
To:        "Kenneth P. Stox" <>, <freebsd-advocacy@FreeBSD.ORG>
Subject:   RE: Microsoft and FreeBSD, as reported in the Wall Street Journal
Message-ID:  <000001c0f812$d97e3280$>
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Yes, this is exactly the position that I recently argued here.

However, the article does have one major flaw.  In it, it says:

"Microsoft, though, hasn't previously suggested that there were benign forms
of open-source software, and while singling out Linux for special criticism,
has tended to criticize all open-source with the same broad brush."

This is untrue.  Craig Mundie's comments were very explicit in that
Microsoft does support non-GPLd open source projects.  Granted, none of
the major news organizations picked up on this, but if you go to the
complete text of his speech and READ it, here at:

you will find the phrase:

"Finally, the fact that we believe strongly in the value of IP protection
doesn’t mean that we discount the importance of contributing to and
supporting the public domain of knowledge as well. We believe that
interaction between the public domain and the IP-based sector needs to be
based on mutual responsibility and respect"

From Microsoft's point of view (also from GNU's point of view) the BSD
_is_ public domain, as is the X license and other licenses of it's type.
even obiquely refers to the Mach OS with a phrase later:

"..followed work done at pre-eminent institutions such as Carnegie

Ted Mittelstaedt            
Author of:          The FreeBSD Corporate Networker's Guide
Book website:

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