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Old 01-31-2008, 02:41 PM   #1
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LXer: Good Bill, Bad Bill, and The Art of Philanthropy


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There's no doubt that 2008 will go down in history as the end of the first Microsoft era. This year, Bill Gates will finally hang up his Microsoft mouse and leave the company he cofounded over 30 years ago. Most people know that he's going off to spend the very large sums of money he has acquired from those Microsoft years, most of which has been used to set up the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with $37.6 billion in assets. But what will that really mean for free software?

[This story is not about open source software, but about Bill Gates 'charitable' intentions to prevent the uptake of open source software in developing countries and make them dependent on Microsoft - hkwint]
Related story: Bill & M. Gates foundation for-profit investments harm the health & environment of the poor

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