‘Yahoo! buy would give Microsoft ownership of open source e-mail, projects, code. Ugh.’ And oh, what about the Open Content Alliance?

opensourceblogZD “There’s no doubt that Yahoo! shareholders would delight in such a mega transaction. But what about the open source developers who built Zimbra? What about all the Zimbra customers who bought into the open source e-mail specifically because it was an alternative to Outlook and other proprietary offerings? Will Microsoft crush Zimbra into non-existence? Feed the Zimbra features into Outlook?” – Paula Rooney (shown with her blog collaborator, Dana Blankenhorn).

The TeleRead take: Oh, and how about the Open Content Alliance, which is working toward “a digital archive of global content for universal access”? Both Yahoo and Microsoft’s MSN are listed as supporters, but with the former swallowed up, would Microsoft be as inclined to help such efforts?

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