Microsoft hijacks Kerberos standard

It appears Microsoft is preparing to demand ransom for the public Kerberos standard.

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April 2000 - Microsoft makes a big noise about supporting "standards", but their versions are always corrupted to make Windows incompatible with the real standards.

This policy is particualrly serious in regard to Kerberos, which is used by many large organizations to provide a secure network. If you put a Windows 2000 server on your network, no one can access that server except by loging in to a Windows 2000 server. The intent is to force you to replace all your servers with Windows 2000 servers.

Once again Microsoft has the users best interests in mind (/sarcasm). We recommend you read our article Adopting Windows 2000 for more of this.

What Microsoft did with Kerberos was to take a public standard and add proprietary extensions to distort it and make it Microsoft property. The effect is to steal someone else's property and make money off of it. They did exactly that with their very first product, Microsoft BASIC, and with many other products since then.

For a moment it looked like industry pressure was going to force Microsoft to reveal their secrect codes, but now it looks like they intend to license these codes, charging money from something that was formerly free for everyone.

Will companies accept this imposition? Yes, because Microsoft always makes their sales pitch to top management, people who are not able to adequately evaluate true costs or the technical aspects of the products. Top mangement will believe Microsoft when they say they are standards compliant and will impose Microsoft's solution on their technical staff, then blame technical staff for the runaway costs. It is always thus.

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