[Baypiggies] Marginally Relevant: Open Source Value to Companies

Aahz aahz at pythoncraft.com
Mon Dec 21 05:36:58 CET 2009

On Sun, Dec 20, 2009, Julian Snitow wrote:
> On Sun, Dec 20, 2009 at 12:29 PM, Glen Jarvis <glen at glenjarvis.com> wrote:
>> This may be only marginally relevant to Python programmers. However,
>> since we have a good deal of open source developers here, this may
>> still be of interest:
>> What's interesting is that having Open Source Software is a
>> poo-poo for some business deals (it can reduce the value of the
>> company/deal):
>> http://news.idg.no/cw/art.cfm?id=99355BB0-1A64-6A71-CEE6D933989C9C29
> The bottom of the article reveals this charming bit of biographical
> trivia about the authors: "Mark H. Wittow and Jessica C. Pearlman are
> partners in the Seattle office of the law firm K&L Gates."
> Of course, that could hardly be relevant to this discussion, and so I
> must apologize for straying so very, very far off-topic...

Actually, to the extent that Glen's original post was on-topic, your
response was entirely on-topic, and you saved me the trouble of making a
similar comment.

For anyone didn't understand the gist of Julian's comment: the father of
Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, is a lawyer and founding partner at
K&L Gates.  IOW, that is almost certainly a shill piece for Microsoft.

Despite the recent embrace of Python and Open Source by Microsoft as
represented by IronPython, I think that those of us who care about Python
and Open Source should keep a wary eye on Microsoft.  And now I'll go
back to making my product run under Windows.  :-/
Aahz (aahz at pythoncraft.com)           <*>         http://www.pythoncraft.com/

Looking back over the years, after I learned Python I realized that I
never really had enjoyed programming before.

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