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TechWeb: Ballmer: IBM's Bet On Linux Won't Carry The Day

Mar 21, 2001, 06:36 (103 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kelley Damore)

"Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer says IBM Corp.'s $1 billion investment in Linux would not allow the rival operating system to win the day."

"When asked what he thought of IBM's huge investment in Linux, Ballmer said, "It will have an impact, but Linux is a toy. By IBM supporting Linux well then it is not a toy. But does that mean IBM and Linux will carry the day? No way."

"IBM has not participated in the modern software revolution," added Ballmer, noting that software innovation is not going to be driven by IBM's investment in Linux. "Who are you going to bet on-Microsoft or IBM? I'll take that bet any day."

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