Microsoft spearhead Bill Gates is going to celebrate his 56th birthday this 28th. With the advent of Opensource Revolution, he is often portrayed as a pirate of the silicon valley. But many of us forget, that it is him who was a leader in making every household have a pc that was easy to use. Linux wouldnn’t have done that ever! (It would take ages still to be able to be used by a guy who is putting his hands on the computer for the first time.)
FOSS enthusiastics complain that it was him who hid the source code for the first time. Well, but then they tend to forget that it was his software and it was completely ethical how he wanted it to be distributed. Why allow someone else to edit his code and distribute as their creation? I wouldn’t allow that either!!
I’m not against the FOSS ideology, but making false allegations to promote it is completely ridiculous. Let there be a healthy competition! why hit below the belt? (Having known that most of the windows viruses are created by Unix users ;)) Let’s see who comes out on top.
But for now, I just have one thing in mind. Happy birthday Billy! You’re still adored for your achievements and contributions for the software industry. (Society too, with Bill-Melinda Foundation doing a lot in AIDS prevention initiative.)
Not to forget, my best friend Ganesh is going to share his birthday with the great Billy, so I wish him great heights just like Billy 🙂