The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

12 September 2005

If I should call you up, invest a dime

Microsoft offers open-source advocate/theorist Eric S. Raymond a job.

Mr Raymond graciously declines:

I've ... 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 donít 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.

On the day I go to work for Microsoft, faint oinking sounds will be heard from far overhead, the moon will not merely turn blue but develop polkadots, and hell will freeze over so solid the brimstone will go superconductive.

But I must thank you for dropping a good joke on my afternoon. On that hopefully not too far distant day that I piss on Microsoft's grave, I sincerely hope none of it will splash on you.

I think we can take that as a No.

Posted at 7:15 AM to Say What?


This must be a meaning of the word "graciously" I wasn't previously aware of!

Posted by: Francis W. Porretto at 7:25 PM on 12 September 2005

Mr Raymond reports that he was quite polite to the Redmondoid who cold-called him; this was his follow-up. Based on previous correspondence, I believe him.

Posted by: CGHill at 9:07 PM on 12 September 2005