17 November 2006

Computerworld - Ballmer: Linux users owe Microsoft

Computerworld - Ballmer: Linux users owe Microsoft

"In a question-and-answer session after his keynote speech at the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) 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.'"

Ballmer -- show us the code, or shut the fuck up.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is what you call "extortion." Microsoft is feeling highly threatened by Linux these days (especially with the new releases of Ubuntu, which, I must say, are absolutely amazing), so they have started making baseless claims that Linux is "stealing" things from them, while offering up absolutely no evidence of any actual wrongdoing.

"But, if these claims are absolutely baseless, how do they hope to win?" you may ask.

They don't. They don't need to. They're Microsoft. All they have to do is cast doubt in people's minds that users of Linux may be "stealing intellectual property rights" and they win.

While those of us in the know may think Microsoft are a bunch of clowns, the vast majority of upper-level IT Managers in the world think Microsoft is just the best thing ever. Their software always works (because they make the OS, too), it always works with hardware (because they've colluded for years with companies like Intel), and they're always willing to support and offer updates to their software forever (for a fee, of course).

Hopefully this'll die down and Microsoft will be exposed for the asshats they are, but it's going to be quite a struggle.

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