June 1, 2001

Microsoft's Ballmer: Linux is a cancer

Author: JT Smith

The Chicago Sun-Times has an interview with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Here's what he has to say about Linux: "It's good competition. It will force us to be innovative. It will force us to justify the prices and value that we deliver. And that's only healthy ... Open source is not available to
commercial companies. The way the license is written, if you use any open-source
software, you have to make the rest of your software open source. If the government
wants to put something in the public domain, it should. Linux is not in the public domain.
Linux is a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it
touches. That's the way that the license works."


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