"Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Steve Ballmer has identified a
roadblock to increased sales growth at the world's largest software
maker: Linux and other programs available for free over the
"So-called 'open-source' programs threaten to undercut Ballmer's
plan to sell more software for server computers. He'll have a hard
time convincing corporate clients that their networks should be
moved to the Windows operating system if customers have a cheaper
option, investors said.
"'Linux has achieved the top billing in terms of their No. 1
enemy,' said Scott McAdams, chief executive of McAdams Wright
Ragen, which manages about $1.7 billion and owns shares of Redmond,
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