Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 17th Nov 2006 13:23 UTC, submitted by Tanked
Linux In comments confirming the open-source community's suspicions, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Thursday declared his belief that the Linux operating system infringes on Microsoft's intellectual property. In a question-and-answer session after his keynote speech at the Professional Association for SQL Server conference in Seattle, Ballmer said Microsoft was motivated to sign a deal with SUSE Linux distributor Novell earlier this month because Linux "uses our intellectual property" and Microsoft wanted to "get the appropriate economic return for our shareholders from our innovation."
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He's probably right.
by ccchips on Fri 17th Nov 2006 15:27 UTC
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The CEO of a company the size of Microsoft isn't going to make a statement like that, in public, unless he believes it. He would believe it because one or another of his employees showed him where the infringement was (as far as they could tell.)

Do not dismiss this as "another SCO."

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