Hmm...Microsoft heeft duistere plannen met de programmeertaal perl (o.a. erg handig voor server side scripting bij het bouwen van websites enzo). Check dit nieuwsbericht bij News.com:
Microsoft has hired ActiveState Tool Corporation to beef up the Windows features of the Perl programming language, an open-source technology. In the open-source movement, programming instructions may be freely shared, a contrast to the carefully guarded code from Microsoft.
ActiveState's goal isn't to help Microsoft make Perl its own, but rather to make Perl work better on machines running the Microsoft Windows operating system, chief executive Dick Hardt said today. ActiveState is a company devoted to selling Perl products, such as easy installation routines and services like notifying companies of the latest Perl developments, Hardt said. "Our mission is to make Perl as popular as possible," he said.
The announcement provoked accusations at the Slashdot discussion Web site that Microsoft was trying to "embrace and extend" Perl--in other words, add proprietary features to the Windows version of Perl that would make it incompatible with non-Windows versions.
"It's not said explicitly that this will be an all-snafu'd up implementation of Perl, but with [Microsoft] involved you can lay your bets pretty safely that it will be," wrote one skeptic.
Hardt, though, said new additions to Perl will be released as open source. "What Microsoft is saying is, 'Perl is an important technology. We want to make sure it runs well on our platform,'" Hardt said. "Are they controlling it? No."
Waar gaat dit heen?