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SeattleTimes.com: Microsoft to modify its image

Nov 08, 2001, 20:54 (70 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brier Dudley)

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"...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 advanced products.

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."

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