October 14, 2002

Ballmer on Linux, licensing and .Net

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The term open source - it's a philosophy. People don't look at open source they look at Linux. That's really all it comes down to. People say 'What about Linux, versus your stuff?' And people are going to look at whether we double our prices or take them down. If we changed our prices, people are still going to look at alternatives.

Second thing, our product is a more complete product. We have a built-in application server that's well integrated - there is no such comparable notion in the Linux server. We have a directory server built in - there is no such comparable thing in Linux. The Linux client hardly runs any applications, except a bunch of shareware stuff that's not very good."

Link: Silicon.com

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