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Computerworld: Ballmer: Linux Users Owe Microsoft

Nov 17, 2006, 13:45 (40 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eric Lai)

"In comments confirming the open-source community's suspicions, Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer today declared his belief that the Linux operating system infringes on Microsoft's intellectual property.

"In a question-and-answer session after his keynote speech at the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) conference in Seattle, Ballmer said Microsoft was motivated to sign a deal with SUSE Linux distributor Novell Inc. earlier this month because Linux 'uses our intellectual property' and Microsoft wanted to 'get the appropriate economic return for our shareholders from our innovation...'"

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Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Ballmer on Novell, Linux and Patents Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog with contains a full written and audio transcript of the specific question and Ballmer's reply. -BKP

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