__/ [ Mark Kent ] on Sunday 26 March 2006 20:10 \__
> begin oe_protect.scr
> Roy Culley <rgc@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
>> begin risky.vbs
>> Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:
>>> I'd like to push in a little addendum: I think a point worth making
>>> is that Microsoft are learning from the Open Source development
>>> model. By embracing it, they immediately acknowledge its value and
>>> endorse such tactics. Allowing the end-user to submit wishlist
>>> items *and* keep track of progress (as opposed to blind E-mails and
>>> contact forms) is something they will never get right because there
>>> is no access to the source code. You want binaries? No? That's the
>>> end of the relationship.
>> The closed source model is clearly failing. OSS is the future. End
>> users are at last becoming the focal point and their needs and wishes
>> being catered to by OSS developers. Whatever MS do now will be too
>> little too late. IE v Firefox shows clearly that even an illegally
>> maintained monopoly can't match the OSS model.
> As that monopoly has fewer and fewer paying customers to fall back on to
> maintain its increasingly cash-hungry existence, I really can't see
> anything but a business model shift providing MS with a future. They
> could certainly use the BSD base, as have Apple, to get an OS which
> works, has some security, supports multiple-users, abandons the usage of
> extensions in place of mode and such like, there is no browser out there
> they can take without having to give something back... unless... perhaps
> they consider buying Opera, say? It would be a stay of execution, but
> might be enough for a while...
A story returns to one's mind.
,----[ Quote ]
| As the phones ring off the hook at Opera, the browser vendor
| insists rumours that Microsoft is buying it out are unfounded
| Opera on Friday denied the latest takeover rumour spreading round the
| Internet, saying that it has not had any approaches from Microsoft or
| anyone else.
Given the statements made by Opera's CEO in the past, this sounds as
ridiculous as Britannica buying Wikipedia or Bill Gates using Linux. Oh,