Microsoft: Steward of Linux, protector of competition
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| As Yared points out, the software industry is brutal and ruthless.
| But not enough to sue your own customers and partners, apparently. I
| for one am thankful that Linux and open source has provided a monstrous
| speed bump before the rapacious locomotives of the commercial software
| industry. And, lo, innovation has not been smitten from the network.
| But unlike Yared, I see no reason to remove those speed bumps now
| that they are truly proving effective.
| If Microsoft or any other software vendor thinks they will improvet
| heir market standing by suing users and partners -- we would have seen
| a lot more of that already. Fortunately these companies remain mostly
| run by salespeople, and not lawyers. It's not been kumbaya, it's beenm
| utual assured survival -- as long as the growth has been in
| double-digits. High growth has always protected and insulated the
| software industry from itself.