Ballmer on Linux, part II

Editor’s note: See MS backtracking after being called on its FUD?

Initial coverage of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s comments during an event in Singapore yesterday left the folks back at headquarters in Redmond trying to clarify things and put them in context.

The situation revolved around Ballmer’s remarks citing more than 200 alleged patent violations by Linux. Microsoft says Ballmer was merely citing a study to make a point in response to an audience question, not opening or threatening to open a new front in the company’s war against the open-source operating system. Mary Jo Foley of Microsoft Watch explains the situation in this post and offers a transcript of the comments in question. From that transcript, here’s the key passage, so you can judge for yourself the point he was trying to make: