Microsoft chairman Bill Gates is taking on open source and Linux again. After Microsoft claimed that the software is less secure than Linux in the past days, Gates now focuses on a perceived lack of interoperability of open source.
"That means letting different kinds of applications and systems do what they do best, while agreeing on a common ‘contract’ for how disparate systems can communicate to exchange data with one another," Gates wrote in an email to customers.
"Open source is a methodology for licensing and/or developing software – that may or may not be interoperable. Additionally, the open source development approach encourages the creation of many permutations of the same type of software application, which could add implementation and testing overhead to interoperability efforts,” Gates wrote.
Of course Microsoft's vision of interoperability means standardizing on all of the vendor's solutions. Industry partners have repeatedly said that scares them crazy.
And when it comes to open standards, Microsoft doesn't have a clean track record itself. Proof in case, the (failed) Passport single sign on system, that quickly faded away after the industry rallied behind the open Liberty Alliance.
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