When the story about Microsoft shelling out $100,000 to Apache for ASF sponsorship broke across my radar it rather tickled my funny bone and my curiosity. When ASF Chairman Jim Jagielski declared that "Microsoft's sponsorship makes it clear that Microsoft 'gets it' regarding the ASF" I had a fit of the giggles - and then, like many others, I started to ponder on the reasons why and what it actually meant.

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Created by C733tus 13 years 24 weeks ago – Made popular 13 years 24 weeks ago
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Balzac's picture


13 years 24 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago


Microsoft wants to embrace and then taint Apache.

I call it the "embrace and taint" strategy. It's also fair to describe Microsoft's strategy "tea-bagging". Visualize a large dirty man who plans to sit on your face.

If you don't believe me, take a look at these pictures and tell me if you think this man is reaching out to the Apache Foundation with sincerity and good intentions:

Steve Ballmer leering

Steve Ballmer taunting

schestowitz's picture


13 years 24 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago



Microsoft is aiming to "kill Linux" here, not Apache. Apache, in turn, can be made less attractive by elevating IIS on the Windows platform (watch the Netscape-on-Windows lesson). Their problem is the 'Switzerland' that GNU/Linux is.

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