"In what many long-time observers of free and open source
software consider a natural progression, Microsoft chief executive
Steve Ballmer is to join the board of the Linux Foundation.
"A statement issued by Carl F. Rowe III, a spokesman for the
Foundation, said it was pleased to report that Ballmer had accepted
an invitation to join the board. "Considering that none of our
members have anything to do with the community anymore, we thought
we should have people like him, forward-looking souls who oversee
the development of mediocre software and massive marketshare, on
our board," Rowe told a media conference held in Washington DC this
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