"...At the same time, Ballmer and Gates made it clear
they won't embrace the free "open source" software backed by some
industry players, including IBM.
Gates said there's a role for free software alongside commercial
software, but the open-source movement taken to its extreme would
mean no software jobs or taxes paid by software companies, and it
would mean companies such as Microsoft would not risk investing in
Gates also took some credit for the genesis of open-source
software. He said Microsoft made it possible by standardizing
computers: "Really, the reason you see open source there at all is
because we came in and said there should be a platform that's
identical with millions and millions of machines," he said."