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Microsoft tries and fails to recruit open-source guru

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From TechWorld.com: Microsoft tries and fails to recruit open-source guru

I guess we potential "Exchange Rangers" weren't the only ones to receive emails asking about joining Microsoft.  You'd think if MS wanted to recruit a well-known name in the industry (especially one that has been diametrically opposed to them on nearly all counts), they'd do better than sending an e-mail...

Microsoft has tried and failed to hire high-profile open-source advocate Eric Raymond, according to Raymond himself.

On Thursday, he received an e-mail from a Microsoft recruiter asking him if he'd be interested in discussing a position with the software company. The open-source guru was not impressed. "I thought it was an utterly ludicrous offer that deserved nothing but a ludicrous response," he said.

And so that's what he offered. "What were you going to do with the rest of your afternoon, offer jobs to Richard Stallman and Linus Torvalds? Or were you going to stick to something easier, like talking Pope Benedict into presiding at a Satanist orgy?" he wrote. "I’ve in fact been something pretty close to your company’s worst nightmare since about 1997."

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