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osOpinion: When Microsoft Shark-Attacks Linux

Feb 12, 2001, 23:30 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Revill)

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"Upon hearing Ballmer's remarks, I couldn't help but laugh at his use of the word "attack," rather than "compete," which might have been a more appropriate word. Ballmer's statement is even more out of place when you realize that it comes from a company that ever so badly wants to convey an image of innovation and fair competition whether that's true or not. Keeping these issues in mind, I began to wonder how Microsoft might "attack" Linux on these fronts."

"...Microsoft has adopted a key strategy, which has brought it to its current lofty position -- that strategy being to either kill or buy out your competition. Knowing what we know about the company's usual approach, it's easy to imagine Ballmer's two-way train of thought. A buyout is impossible because nobody owns Linux, so we're left with the company's only other alternative -- kill."

"It seems to me that Microsoft is going to have a lot tougher time "attacking" Linux than it anticipates. The open source nature of the OS and its zero-dollar price tag will prove to be too powerful an offense to knock down that easily. No, Mr. Ballmer. It's time to face the truth. You cannot kill or buy something that is free."

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