June 18, 2002

Tonight on the Linux Show: We put the contract out on Steve Ballmer

Jeff gerhardt writes: Tuesday, June 18th, 2002, from the home of Wayne's World, Aurora IL, tonight LIVE on
www.thelinuxshow.com . At 6pm pt, 7pm mt, 8pm ct, and 9pm et.... Kevin Hill, Jeff Gerhardt, Doc
Searls (Linux Journal), Arne Flones and Russ Pavlicek; have another strange and wonderful show lined up tonight on The Linux Show!!
Segment One- The News. We will cover THE HOT NEWS of the last few weeks tonight. In particular, we will talk about lots of product releases (Gnome) this past couple weeks (yes Microtel and Lindows), and of course, the absurdity of Disney using Linux.

Segment Two- We Put The Contract Out on Steve Ballmer Our originally scheduled guest canceled due to illness.

So Tonight we are going to have a little fun. We are asking that listeners and IRC participants send us their emailed suggestions to respond to Steve Ballmer putting (or better stated as leaving) Linux on the Microsoft HIT LIST. Well Steve, turn about is fair play so tonight we are putting out a contract on Steve Ballmer.

This comment was covered last week by CNN at their web site with the story Ballmer: IBM, Linux, AOL Remain On Hit List As Sun Fades As Threat.

This comment is another in the ongoing series of Open Mouth Insert Foot comments by Microsoft's President Steve Ballmer. Ballmer made the bizare comment, "We used to be the cheap guys. We were cheaper than Novell, cheaper than Oracle. We can't do that with this one," referencing the competitive force that Open Source is creating. When was Microsoft EVER considered cheap??????

So we need a good way of responding to Ballmer. We want to put out a contract on him, and do it in a legal and funny way. Help us out with your suggestions.

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