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ZDNet: SuSE: Ballmer Gives Linux 'Credibility'

Jun 11, 2003, 16:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matthew Broersma)

"Microsoft's recent efforts against the Linux operating system only show that the open-source platform is gaining ground, according to Richard Seibt, chief executive of Germany's SuSE Linux.

"At a SuSE press event late last week, he told ZDNet UK that the software giant might be adding to Linux's credibility by its recent activities. These have included a campaign to prevent the city of Munich from migrating thousands of obsolete Windows NT desktops to Linux, and a company-wide memo from Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer identifying Linux as a prime threat.

"'You've got to ask yourself why Steve Ballmer is writing a letter to all Microsoft's employees about Linux, why he is traveling to Munich to talk to them about Linux,' Seibt said. 'It is evidence of the importance of Linux...'"

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