March 20, 2001

Ballmer: IBM betting on Linux, which is a 'toy'

Author: JT Smith

TechWeb quotes Microsoft head dude Steve Ballmer: "When asked what he thought of IBM's huge investment in
Linux, Ballmer said, 'It will have an impact, but Linux is a
toy. By IBM (stock: IBM) supporting Linux well then it is
not a toy. But does that mean IBM and Linux will carry the
day? No way.

'IBM has not participated in the modern software
revolution,' added Ballmer, noting that software innovation
is not going to be driven by IBM's investment in Linux.
'Who are you going to bet on-Microsoft (stock: MSFT) or
IBM? I'll take that bet any day.' "


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