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ZDNet Australia: Ballmer's Open Source Assault Gives Linux a Leg-Up: OSIA

Nov 01, 2004, 18:00 (3 Talkback[s])

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"Microsoft chief executive officer, Steve Ballmer, has acknowledged Linux as the 'only game in town' when it comes to competing with the proprietary software heavyweight's offerings, Australia's peak open source body claims.

"In a brief riposte to Ballmer's detailed executive e-mail to clients entitled Customer Focus: Comparing Windows with Linux and Unix, Open Source Industry Australia director Con Zymaris said 'although it is quite clear that Steve greatly underestimated the security, stability and cost of ownership benefits of Linux and open source software, it is beyond dispute that he considers Linux the only game in town...'"

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