November 19, 2004
An Open Letter to Steve Ballmer
Chuck Talk writes "The banner headline hit the web with a loud crack: "Steve Ballmer, Chief Executive of Microsoft, has warned users who do not use his company's software, that they would someday be sued." I was amazed that a company as rich as Microsoft seemingly cannot fathom ideas such as freedom, free trade and competition. It seems that a nascent operating system such as Linux, which you have alternately labelled "a cancer", "viral" and other defamatory terms at various points of its evolution, is truly something you fear. The comment, as reported, simply serves to underscore and highlight that fear."