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  • Miguel de Icaza clarifies his comments regarding Microsoft’s handling of the open source community over the last 8 years. I find myself in complete agreement with him for once. Had Microsoft had the epiphany that open source was something it could instinctively adopt and harness at the start of the decade, the world today would be very different.

    Instead, it finds itself with a history of toxic behaviour that no amount of attempted reconciliation will quickly clear, especially while the leadership that attacked the free and open source movement is still in place. I hear the job of figurehead for their open source work is proving hard to fill, and no wonder – who wants to step in as apologist for a decade of bad faith? The mistrust is deserved and most of us won’t be as wowed by technology into easy trust as Miguel has been.

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  1. Good insight, as usual :-)

    The usual problem with Microsoft is that they have always been late comers to fundamental concepts (short list: object languages, the web, open source…) and bad competitors before and after they realized their mistakes.

    I think that we all fear that if Microsoft embraces open source, their first move will be an attempt to rule it. Fortunately it sound contradictory enough ;-)

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