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CNET News: Microsoft Memo: Linux Fight Backfiring

Nov 07, 2002, 14:30 (44 Talkback[s])
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"Some of Microsoft's efforts to disparage open-source software such as Linux have backfired, according to a recent memo by the software maker.

"Top Microsoft executives, including co-founder Bill Gates and Chief Executive Steve Ballmer, have long derided open-source software as being everything from a 'cancer' to 'Pac-Man-like.' But those messages have failed to diminish the popularity of open-source programs such as Linux among developers and customers, according to a Microsoft memo distributed at a strategy meeting in Berlin in September...

"Microsoft representatives declined to comment Wednesday on the memo, but its authenticity was confirmed by a person familiar [with] it..."

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