Re: Fw: [Pigdog] M$' Jim Allchin says Linux is un-American

From: Brian Clapper (
Date: Thu Feb 15 2001 - 13:10:20 PST

On 15 February, 2001, at 12:49 (-0800)
Joseph S. Barrera III <> wrote:

> George J.P. Perry writes:
> > "America is a Christian Nation with a Capitalist system." - Ben Franklin
> >
> > <>
> >
> > "I'm an American, I believe in the American Way. I worry if the
> > government encourages open source; and I don't think we've done enough
> > education of policy makers to understand the threat." - Jim Allchin

Some other interesting Allchin-isms from that article:

        Microsoft Corp.'s Windows operating-system chief, Jim Allchin, says
        that freely distributed software code such as rival Linux could
        stifle innovation and that legislators need to understand the

        The result will be the demise of both intellectual property rights
        and the incentive to spend on research and development, he said
        yesterday. ...

        Allchin said he's concerned that the open-source business model
        could stifle initiative in the computer industry. ...

        Despite Linux's success in some markets, Allchin says he isn't
        concerned about sales competition from the product. ...

        "We can build a better product than Linux,'' he said. ''There is
        always something enamoring about thinking you can get something for

Hmm. Let's run that through the ol' translator:

        "We're NOT a monopoly. And, besides, government should stay out of
        the market, and let good, hard-working capitalists duke it out for

        "Um, but would you mind outlawing this open source nuisance for us,
        'cause, well, God damn it, it's un-American!

        "Mind you, don't get the idea we're all that worried about it. We
        could lick them open sourcers with our hands tied behind our

Just where is Sen. Joe McCarthy when you really need him?

Brian Clapper,
Overflow on /dev/null, please empty the bit bucket.

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