From: Brian Clapper (bmc@WillsCreek.com)
Date: Thu Feb 15 2001 - 13:10:20 PST
On 15 February, 2001, at 12:49 (-0800)
Joseph S. Barrera III <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> George J.P. Perry writes:
> > "America is a Christian Nation with a Capitalist system." - Ben Franklin
> > <http://news.cnet.com/investor/news/newsitem/0-9900-1028-4825719-RHAT.html?tag=ltnc>
> > "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
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, bmc@WillsCreek.com
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