LynuxWorks Takes Stand Against Microsoft's Position on Open Source and General Public License (GPL)

Rebuttal Statement



May 7, 2001



May 07, 2001, 01:00 ET from LynuxWorks Inc.

    SAN JOSE, Calif., May 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The following release has been
 issued by LynuxWorks Inc.:
 
     LynuxWorks Inc., a premier provider of open source and true real-time
 embedded software solutions, today refuted Microsoft's claims that Open Source
 and the GNU GPL software license threatens to undermine the software industry.
 LynuxWorks is among a growing list of Linux and Open Source software companies
 publicly responding to Microsoft's recent comments that attempts to reverse
 the growing trend of open collaboration on software development.
     Microsoft's scattered and uninformed comments against Open Source and GPL
 shows how threatened the company feels by the growing momentum of Linux in
 markets that they desperately want to dominate after the desktop PC.
 Microsoft's response to its fear of Linux is to use its predatory size and
 influence to try to shape a public opinion no matter how misleading.  As a
 member of the Open Source community and the ELC, LynuxWorks will work united
 with fellow members to combat the rampant unleashing of fear, uncertainty and
 doubt into the software industry against the growing successful Linux
 competitive movement.
     LynuxWorks believes that a healthy mixture of Open Source and commercial
 software products are good for customers and developers in providing more
 choices, while helping to fuel innovation and competition as demonstrated in
 the explosive growth of the Internet.
     Microsoft's allegations against Open Source in the areas such as
 intellectual property rights, security, software instability and lack of
 common design standards are groundless.  Linux and other Open Source solutions
 are increasingly meeting the demands and needs of developers to drive industry
 and market growth in many different technology sectors, especially in the
 server and embedded markets -- two markets Microsoft wishes to expand its
 dominance.
     The recent Embedded Linux Consortium's (ELC) announcement regarding a
 unified embedded platform demonstrates the willingness of 124 member companies
 within the Open Source community to work together in the spirit of cooperation
 to offer the industry a platform choice.  This level of cooperation and in
 particular the idea of a General Public License (GPL), is counter intuitive to
 Microsoft's historic business goals.  Therefore, any propaganda statements
 expressing concerns related to Open Source or GPL should be viewed with a
 great deal of skepticism.
 
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SOURCE LynuxWorks Inc.
    SAN JOSE, Calif., May 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The following release has been
 issued by LynuxWorks Inc.:
 
     LynuxWorks Inc., a premier provider of open source and true real-time
 embedded software solutions, today refuted Microsoft's claims that Open Source
 and the GNU GPL software license threatens to undermine the software industry.
 LynuxWorks is among a growing list of Linux and Open Source software companies
 publicly responding to Microsoft's recent comments that attempts to reverse
 the growing trend of open collaboration on software development.
     Microsoft's scattered and uninformed comments against Open Source and GPL
 shows how threatened the company feels by the growing momentum of Linux in
 markets that they desperately want to dominate after the desktop PC.
 Microsoft's response to its fear of Linux is to use its predatory size and
 influence to try to shape a public opinion no matter how misleading.  As a
 member of the Open Source community and the ELC, LynuxWorks will work united
 with fellow members to combat the rampant unleashing of fear, uncertainty and
 doubt into the software industry against the growing successful Linux
 competitive movement.
     LynuxWorks believes that a healthy mixture of Open Source and commercial
 software products are good for customers and developers in providing more
 choices, while helping to fuel innovation and competition as demonstrated in
 the explosive growth of the Internet.
     Microsoft's allegations against Open Source in the areas such as
 intellectual property rights, security, software instability and lack of
 common design standards are groundless.  Linux and other Open Source solutions
 are increasingly meeting the demands and needs of developers to drive industry
 and market growth in many different technology sectors, especially in the
 server and embedded markets -- two markets Microsoft wishes to expand its
 dominance.
     The recent Embedded Linux Consortium's (ELC) announcement regarding a
 unified embedded platform demonstrates the willingness of 124 member companies
 within the Open Source community to work together in the spirit of cooperation
 to offer the industry a platform choice.  This level of cooperation and in
 particular the idea of a General Public License (GPL), is counter intuitive to
 Microsoft's historic business goals.  Therefore, any propaganda statements
 expressing concerns related to Open Source or GPL should be viewed with a
 great deal of skepticism.
 
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 SOURCE  LynuxWorks Inc.