Thursday, June 21, 2001

From the boys over at slashdot Nicholas Petreley claims that Microsoft's attack on the GPL is merely a diversionary tactic to distract the Open Source community from Microsoft's real goal: authentication services. M$'s goal certainly is centered on authentication services, but that has less to do with networked computing and more to do with their perverted interpretation of "software is a service." Authentication is essentially a way to re-introduce scarcity where there is none (digital information) and so essentially revert back to a manufacturing model. The GPL directly attacks that model, and forces the fact that digital goods are not naturally excludable (ie. if I have some code, giving it to you does not preclude me from having it). Read the /. comments here.

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