October 18, 2002

Linux, free Internet programs threaten sales at Microsoft, CEO Ballmer warns

"Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer is telling his employees to focus on the threat that Linux and other free programs available on the Internet pose to sales at the world's largest software maker.

The programs are called "open source" because thousands of developers on the Web can collaborate to tweak and customize the underlying code. They may undercut Ballmer's plan to counter slowing sales of personal computers by selling more software for the server machines that run company networks and Web sites."

Link: Tribnet.com

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