December 19, 2007
Why Larry loves Linux
Just a few years ago, the open-source software movement was a pariah among big software firms. Shai Agassi, then an executive at SAP (SAP), likened it to socialism. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer called it a cancer. The attitude among many in the establishment seemed to be that the Ã¢â¬Åfree codeÃ¢â¬Â revolution led by software such as Linux would discourage invention and erode profits.