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September 24, 2002

M$ Dealing with Open Source Challenge

Steve Balmer in this interview admits that the real source of open source strength is not its price, but the community of developers that make it unkillable by conventional Microsoft means:

[Balmer] acknowledged there was more to Linux than free software--the main benefit of the open-source movement was the community developing software and sharing ideas. "Linux is not about free software, it is about community," he said. "It's not like Novell, it isn't going to run out of money--it started off bankrupt, in a way."
An interesting implicit acknowledgement that Microsoft had used its monopolistic practices to win by spending opponents into the ground.

Posted by Nathan at September 24, 2002 02:27 PM

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