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Ballmer, Gates Speak Out on SCO/IBM

Jul 26, 2003, 08:30 (74 Talkback[s])
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eWeek: Ballmer Still Tilting at Linux

"Microsoft Corp. has grown its market share in almost all of its businesses over the past year, CEO Steve Ballmer said Thursday, while acknowledging that Linux had also grown its market share over that period.

"Speaking to financial analysts, media and investors at its Financial Analyst Meeting here, Ballmer addressed the competitive situation facing the company. 'The issue is whether software is a business of innovation and value or will it be commoditized? Microsoft has a chance to create great value and is investing in that,' he said.

"On the issue of the competitive threat from Linux in general and IBM Corp. in particular, Ballmer said the issue was between proprietary and open software. Big Blue now supports WebSphere on Linux, he said, but questioned exactly what that meant..."

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CRN: Gates Says SCO's Case Against IBM Will Harm Linux’s Commercial Prospects

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"Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates said the intellectual property battle between SCO and IBM is hurting the business of Linux.

"Gates, speaking to financial analysts at the company's Redmond, Wash., headquarters Thursday, said it's unclear if Microsoft is benefiting from customer worries about the liability of deploying Linux when the lawsuit between SCO and IBM hasn't been resolved.

"However, Gates said the controversy has exposed a fundamental weakness of Linux--that the General Public License (GPL) makes it difficult for companies to engage in the cross-licensing deals that have become standard in the software industry..."

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