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developerWorks: There They Go Again...

Jul 22, 2004, 03:15 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Ballmer went on to claim that IBM can't make money with Linux, except through services business that would compete with IBM partners: 'They make no money on software; they make no money on hardware. They make money only in services.'

"While Ballmer may be good at pacing on stage and rallying the pro-Microsoft troops, he might garner a bit more credibility with the broader industry if he employed facts. developerWorks has learned that 'IBM drove nearly $100 million of eServer and Middleware direct sales transactions from Linux from IBM's top 400 Linux partners--with over a third in SMB.' This was in the first half of 2004 alone. And it does not include services..."

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