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Re: [Rival] Ballmer Shy About Google

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____/ Homer on Wednesday 07 Oct 2009 00:49 : \____

> Verily I say unto thee, that nessuno spake thusly:
>> On Oct 1, 4:09 pm, Homer <usenet@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>> Ballmer obviously knows something that his army of shills don't, or
>>> at least something they don't want to talk about.
>> I'm not sure it's quite as rational as that.  Linux may be visceral
>> for Ballmer in a way that Apple is not.
> Yes, I can see that now. Ballmer's comments are reminiscent of the type
> of paranoid behaviour exhibited during the Cold War.
> Apple fights a conventional war against Microsoft, who are entirely
> unconcerned, because Microsoft has superior weaponry (money derived
> through "IP" and racketeering).
> "Linux" fights a highly /unconventional/ war against Microsoft, one that
> undermines the effectiveness of those same weapons. You can't compete
> against "free" (cost), and you can't run protection rackets based on
> Free Software (license).
> It's easy to see why Ballmer, and Microsoft as a whole, is so obsessed
> with "Linux".

Since like... forever.

"I'd put the Linux phenomenon really as threat No. 1."

                                --Steve Ballmer, 2001

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