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Why Open Source will Overtake Proprietary Software by 2020 - Computer Business Review

Although open source has always had a strong support system, free code was almost synonymous with pirating at one point. In fact, back in 1976, Bill Gates wrote his “Open Letter to Hobbyists,” which argued that if developers get ahold of software ...

This 21-year Oracle veteran is now in charge of Microsoft's most surprising initiative - Yahoo Finance

As far back as Bill Gates's "Open Letter to Hobbyists" in 1976, Microsoft has seen software as intellectual property and a commercial product to be sold. Linux, which uses the open source model by which anybody can view, modify, and contribute to the ...

Dead and buried: Microsoft's holy war on open-source software - CNET

Some even drew a direct line back to the company's early days dating to 1976, when co-founder Bill Gates published an open letter chiding hobbyists for using Microsoft's Altair Basic program without paying for the product. By the time open source began ...

The Open Letter to Hobbyists was a 1976 open letter written by Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft, to early personal computer hobbyists, in which Gates expresses dismay at the rampant copyright infringement of software taking place in the hobbyist community, particularly with regard to his company's software.

Bill Gates's Open Letter to Hobbyists from the Homebrew Computer Club Newsletter, January 1976

The Open Letter to Hobbyists was a 1976 open letter written by Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft, to early personal computer hobbyists, in which Gates expresses dismay at the rampant copyright infringement of software taking place in the hobbyist community, particularly with regard to his company's software.

In the letter, Gates expressed frustration with most computer hobbyists who were using his company's Altair BASIC software without having paid for it. He asserted that such widespread unauthorized copying in effect discourages developers from investing time and money in creating high-quality software. He cited the unfairness of gaining the benefits of software authors' time, effort, and capital without paying them.