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Computer Business Review: 'Open Source Not Free' After Microsoft-Novell Deal

Feb 20, 2007, 17:30 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kevin Murphy)

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"Microsoft Corp chief executive Steve Ballmer risked fanning the flames of controversy again last week, when he frankly told analysts that the company's relationship with Novell Inc was more about intellectual property than it was about revenue.

"'I would not anticipate that we make a huge additional revenue stream from our Novell deal, but I do think it clearly establishes that open source is not free,' he said, 'and open source will have to respect intellectual property rights of others just as any other competitor will...'"

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