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WideOpenNews: Ballmer Says Open Source Has 'Limitations', but Linux 'Can't Be Ignored'

Mar 14, 2000, 23:40 (7 Talkback[s])

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"Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer managed to praise Linux, slap Unix hardware vendors, and champion the PC all in the same sentence Tuesday, stating that Linux is 'the first version of Unix ever available on the right hardware platform.' "

"Microsoft takes two positions on the subject, Ballmer said: 'The open source development model has its limitations, and the enthusiasm around Linux cannot be ignored.' With time too short to go into detail, Ballmer cited 'applications integration and scalability' as major limitations."

"Without elaboration, Ballmer said Microsoft sees Linux as a serious competitor. 'We'll meet in the marketplace,' he said. 'And that will be a better thing for both us and for the Linux community.' "

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