Ballmer Trashes Open Source

Ballmer Trashes Open Source

ENTMag just came out with an article, very timely indeed, just after
last week 50% of you said you trust open source software. Perhaps MS CEO
Steve Ballmer read the article in W2Knews, but he effectively closed the
door on any MS involvement in open source initiatives, saying that the
commercial approach to software development and sales provides the best
security and value to enterprise customers.

In addition, Ballmer branded open source as a channel of last resort for
software products that failed in the commercial marketplace. While
distancing Microsoft from the open-source world, he half-jokingly
replied "never say never" when asked if the software giant would support
Linux if the market were large enough. Ballmer, known for his frank,
no-holds-barred style, fielded questions about competition from open
source software and other topics at this week's Gartner's Symposium/
ITxpo 2003 conference in Orlando, Florida. Read more at ENT:
<http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=031027RN-Ballmer&gt;
W2knews.com

Erwin

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