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Toronto Star: Ballmer Chuckles Over Linux Woes

Feb 28, 2004, 07:00 (60 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to st1d for this link. ]

"Steve Ballmer, chief executive of Microsoft Corp., appears to take delight in the troubles that Munich is having as it switches 14,000 city computers from Windows to a rival Linux operating system.

"The German city, roughly comparable in size to Toronto and just as strapped for cash, decided nine months ago to embrace the open-source software as a way to lower costs, improve competition in the marketplace and make the city less reliant on the world's largest software company.

"It was a high-profile defection for Microsoft, one that prompted Ballmer to cut short a family vacation and pay a visit to the Munich mayor. Ballmer offered a much better deal, but the municipality had already made up its mind..."

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