“…What it comes down to is that all this whining by Microsoft about “intellectual property” and “innovation” is merely an expression of their fear:
Microsoft has been reaping enormous profits with a faulty product, developed based on the inventions of others. In part, those were disequilibrium wages–artificially high, temporary profits. In part, they have been able to maintain them through questionable business practices.
Microsoft is afraid of competing in the real world, where margins are razor thin. Just like IBM, Ford, and other formerly grand companies, Microsoft needs to come back to reality sooner or later…”
Did anyone notice that Mundie calls the GPL the ‘General Public License’ here:
http://www.zdnet.com/zdnn/stories/comment/0,5859,2761605,00.html (grep for ‘general’)
I wonder if this was intentional, or if his ego prohibits him from really admitting the truth about our business.