Microsoft tries to recruit Eric Raymond

You're probably asking "Who is this Eric Raymond fellow?" – unless you are a geek, in which case you are laughing uproariously as you read this.

I'll let the man describe himself…

I am the guy who responded to Craig Mundie's "Who are you?" with "I'm your worst nightmare", and that 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? You get one guess who wrote most of the theory and propaganda for it and talked IBM and Wall Street and the Fortune 500 into buying in. But don't think I'm trying to destroy your company. Oh, no; I'd be just as determined to do in any other proprietary-software monopoly, and the community I helped found is well on its way to accomplishing that goal.

Someone at MS must have been smoking the wacky baccy whey they asked this dude to come aboard.

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