Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
> __/ [ 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,
Hehe - yeah... Microsoft have /very/ deep pockets, though. I could see
them being able to persuade even the most recalcitrant shareholder to
sell his stock.
| Mark Kent -- mark at ellandroad dot demon dot co dot uk |
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