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Why Did CNET Remove Microsoft's Attack on Open Source?

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Summary: CNET article on Microsoft's open source FUD simply vanishes

SOMETHING must be working terribly wrong in CNET if it has selective memory. Balrog has just found this page, whose content was mostly deleted for unspecified reasons.

Microsoft exec calls open source a threat to innovation



A high-level Microsoft executive says that freely distributed software code could stifle innovation and that legislators need to understand the threat.

The story "Microsoft exec calls open source a threat to innovation" published February 15, 2001 at 11:00 AM is no longer available on CNET News.


The Web Archive does not have a copy of the full article, which was widely cited. Google finds nothing similar, either.

"Open source is an intellectual-property destroyer [...] I can't imagine something that could be worse than this for the software business and the intellectual-property business. I'm an American; I believe in the American way, I worry if the government encourages open source, and I don't think we've done enough education of policymakers to understand the threat."

--Jim Allchin, President of Platforms & Services Division at Microsoft

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