"Everyone in the Linux world remembers Microsoft CEO Steve
Ballmer's famous comment that Linux is a "cancer" that threatened
Microsoft's intellectual property.
"Ballmer is still CEO of Microsoft, but that comment occurred in
2001, a lifetime ago in the technology market. While Microsoft
hasn't formally rescinded its declaration that Linux violates its
patents, at least one Microsoft executive admits that the company's
earlier battle stance was a mistake. Microsoft wants the world to
understand, whatever its issues with Linux, it no longer has any
gripe toward open source.
"In 2010 Microsoft is trying hard not to be public enemy No. 1
to open source proponents, in some cases by making key
contributions to open source code and in other cases by making
Microsoft products interoperable with open source software
""We love open source," says Jean Paoli of Microsoft in a recent
interview with Network World. "We have worked with open source for
a long time now."