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Linux.com: Ballmer Impugns the Character of the Free/Open Source World

Feb 22, 2007, 23:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)


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"At a recent news conference, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer sought to impugn the character of the free/open source world by implying that it had no respect for the intellectual property rights of others. It's not just the enormous ignorance embodied by this duplicitous braggadocio that caught my eye, it's the fact that the claim is coming from a man associated with Microsoft, which is far and away the most notorious IP thief of all time.

"One thing should be obvious. It's difficult for an open source project to steal code. After all, access to the code is offered up to all comers. That transparency is the basis for the trust and respect open source has garnered for itself in every corner of the world. Everyone who is curious about the code can see it for themselves. With his assertion, Ballmer has joined SCO's leadership as being among either the stupidest, or the most dishonest, IT execs on the planet. Take your pick. I choose both..."

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