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Tilting at Windows. Why rejecting Microsoft’s OSS contributions is counter-productive

Or: “Don’t be a Cnut.”

Yesterday I had a look at the response of the Joomla! community to the news that Microsoft had signed the Joomla! Contributor Agreement and was contributing code to the content management project.

You probably won’t be surprised to find that some people don’t like the idea. The speed and vehemence of their rejection of Microsoft’s involvement in the project is entirely predictable, but none the less depressing for that.

The usual complaints were rolled out:

you can’t trust Microsoft

when Microsoft contributes a major product to open source, we’ll listen Microsoft is only doing this to sell more proprietary software

Taking those in reverse order: yes Microsoft is doing this to encourage Joomla developers to use Windows. Just as IBM supports Linux to …

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