June 6, 2001

Curing Steve Ballmer's Open-Source 'cancer'

Author: JT Smith

Kelly McNeill writes "In a recent interview with the Chicago Sun-Times, Microsoft chief executive officer Steve Ballmer had some harsh words for the Linux operating system and the viability of open-source software as a part of enterprise in general. Of course, when Microsoft publicly disparages challengers, it's actually a backhanded compliment. It means that Microsoft is beginning to take its open-source competitors seriously. Compliments aside, though, Ballmer's remarks also contain pitfalls for the unwary. He makes several out-and-out misstatements about the nature and function of open-source licenses."

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  • Open Source
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