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   RE: [xml-dev] OFFTOPIC: Microsoft to offer Linux?

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One of the privileges of being a gorilla is 
to be able to choose bangmates at whim and 
to sleep wherever the savannah is softest 
and the plants are juicy.  There are several 
families of gorillas sharing the same clearing 
in the jungle that is the Internet.

It probably won't happen, but I view such 
articles as early signs of emergent behaviors, 
in this case,  attractors pulling different 
groups toward common codebases whose traceability 
in production even if expensive to do (the code 
is free; the trusted code management is not), 
could raise the reliability of the overall 

Sometimes the best way to get a horsecart over a 
hill is to put a carrot in front of the horse 
and at the same time, get behind the cart and push.


From: Paul Prescod [mailto:paul@prescod.net]

Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote:

> http://www.cnn.com/2002/TECH/biztech/12/10/meta.linux.reut/index.html
> Microsoft to offer Linux?  Here is an interesting news article for
> the different advocates to consider.

Microsoft offering software for Linux is one thing. Microsoft offering 
Linux is another. The latter is not going to happen for the foreseeable 

A new version of Windows based upon FreeBSD? Maybe in several years. 
Linux? No way. Even Apple wouldn't touch Linux and Microsoft has 
stronger reasons to avoid it (like they've publically declared that the 
GPL is a cancer).


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