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Sydney Morning Herald: Open Source Rocks the Temple's Pillars

Nov 03, 2003, 10:00 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Graeme Philipson)

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"Microsoft is certainly taking the threat seriously. President Steve Ballmer recently cut short his summer holiday to detour to Munich. He wasn't there for Oktoberfest. He was visiting the city council to try to talk them out of their decision to mandate open-source software for the city's IT infrastructure.

"Out with Windows, replaced by Unix. Out with Microsoft Office, replaced by Star Office. Munich is a pleasant town but it is not a vast metropolis. The loss of a few seats in Bavaria would make no noticeable dent in Microsoft's vast revenues. So why was Ballmer so concerned...?"

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