Post dated 2002-08-12 00:00:00

Monday, August 12, 2002

FoxPro makes the news!, although not in the way that Fox zealots would like. The article details a conversion of Westport River Wineries away from FoxPro to Linux, thanks to IBM. Remember when IBM was the bad guy and Microsoft the scrappy young promise?

Ah, the pieces start to fall into place. I missed the announcement Microsoft made about Trustbridge, their proposal for security within Web Services. That relies on WS-Security, a proposed standard. That’s written with some IP from Microsoft, IBM and Verisign that’s threatening to require royalties, introducing the “reasonable and non-descriminatory” (RAND) fee charged for an “Internet standard” that will push the open source movement off to one side. I think. So many players. So many stories. In this article. Verisign is promising an open-source version on SourceForge, so that doesn’t add up…

Whenever you find that you are on the side of the majority, it is time to reform. — Mark Twain

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