"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
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