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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acanfield: Ballmer is not an idiot.
by ccchips on Fri 17th Nov 2006 15:38 UTC
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I've seen him talk in interviews, on documentaries about Microsoft, and other places. He's the CEO of the comany which provides over 90% of the desktop systems used in the world. You don't get to that position by being an idiot.

That's not to say, however, that his company's behavior is something that a decent person would approve of. The real question here his how he will deal with this matter.

If there are *issues* with Linux and Microsoft's IP, then the right thing to do would be to mitigate them, not behave as SCO did and hide the so-called "information" needed to correct things until it's become a court case.

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acamfield Member since:

Well, see here's another one of those erroneous conclusions. Ballmer got promoted to a senior management position, so he must be pretty smart. Have you ever heard of the "Peter Principle"? Most people get promoted in business because the guy above them just happens to like them. So, if you're a good schmoozer, you have a better chance of making it into the board room.
Using your logic, GWB must be a genious. But, obviously, he's barely literate.
OBTW, you misspelled my name, too.

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tomcat Member since:

Using your logic, GWB must be a genious. But, obviously, he's barely literate.

I don't any illiterates that graduate from Yale and Harvard Business School. Do you?

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mabhatter Member since:

considering Ballmer is employee #1 as the first hired employee, he didn't have get promoted "over" anybody.

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