“They [Linux] are a very serious competitor. […] Their community is very, very good, and we’re hard at work trying to follow that model. […] Obviously…the way (Linux) work is done–I think about it in a more componentized way. I believe in integration because I believe it makes peoples’ lives simpler. On the other hand, I consider componentization to be a great attribute from an engineering perspective. Then there are things I don’t want to learn from them. It’s very hard to innovate when you’re in a decentralized mode.[…] Look at the Linux kernel. Do you think there’s a lot of innovation there? It’s not that they’re not great developers–they are. I have great respect for them, but I think it’s hard, because of the model, to do. They can do innovation–great innovation–in small pockets.[…] There’s quite a dichotomy there and there are some advantages. But in terms of some of the innovations for the future, I don’t want to adopt that model.” Read Jim Allchin’s interesting interview at C|Net News.com.