"Fans of the popular Linux software program have long fretted
that software giant Microsoft will attack Linux by claiming the
free program violates Microsoft's patents.
"So far nothing has happened. But in an interview with
Forbes.com, Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer wouldn't rule
out such a showdown. Ballmer also explains why Microsoft, which on
Thursday announced a sweeping reorganization of its Windows
division, is less freaked out by free programs than it was a few
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