What happens when a Microsoft head hunter tries to recruit a fierce open source proponent? Two words: blog posting.
Eric Raymond last week received an email from a Microsoft recruiter, informing if he would be interested to work for the software vendor.
Raymond is a Unix/Linux programmer and co-founded the Open Source Initiative.
As people do with things that make them laugh, Raymond posted the email on his blog.
"Your name and contact info was brought to my attention as someone who could potentially be a contributor at Microsoft. I would love an opportunity to speak with you in detail about your interest in a career at Microsoft, along with your experience, background and qualifications," a recruiter by the name of Mike Walters wrote.
Raymond replied (excerpts): "Either you or your research team (or both) couldn’t get a clue if it were pounded into you with baseball bats. What were you going to do with the rest of your afternoon, offer jobs to Richard Stallman and Linus Torvalds? Or were you going to stick to something easier, like talking Pope Benedict into presiding at a Satanist orgy?"
" I’ve in fact been something pretty close to your company’s worst nightmare since about 1997. You’ve maybe heard about this “open source” thing?"
"On the day *I* go to work for Microsoft, faint oinking sounds will be heard from far overhead, the moon will not merely turn blue but develop polkadots, and hell will freeze over so solid the brimstone will go superconductive."
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