Subject: Re: Apple and Open Source
From: "Karsten M. Self" <kmself@ix.netcom.com>
Date: Thu, 3 May 2001 01:53:12 -0700
Thu, 3 May 2001 01:53:12 -0700
on Wed, May 02, 2001 at 06:49:49PM -0700, Crispin Cowan (crispin@wirex.com) wrote:
> Casey West wrote:
> 
> > On Thu, May 03, 2001 at 12:10:06AM +0100, Simon Cozens wrote:
> > : On Sat, Apr 21, 2001 at 11:42:59AM +0100, Simon Cozens wrote:
> > : > So, what is it with Apple and Open Source?
> > :
> > : It's not just me, then:
> > : http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/zd/20010502/tc/open source s black hole 1.html
> >
> > I'm not suprised a bit.  Doesn't MicroSoft hold a fair stake in Apple?
> > My take on the situation is that even if folks at Apple wanted to give
> > something back they would be haulted by The Big Bad Machine.
> 
> Microsoft holds a trivial stake in Apple.  MS invested $150 million in
> Apple in 1997, which at the time had a market cap. of approx. $6
> billion, giving MS approx. 2.5% of Apple.
> 
> Source:
> http://bvsd.k12.co.us/schools/cent/Newspaper/sum97/stories/microsof.html

This is also generally acknowledged to have been part of a settlement
deal between Apple and MSFT.  Hardly an uncoerced investment.  I'll dig
for details, IIRC, the circumstances were revealed some 6-12 months
after the deal.

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