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[News] Why Microsoft is (by Yesterday's Admission) Afraid of Free Software

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Ray Ozzie is afraid of open source, but why?

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| So why is open source potentially so disruptive to Microsoft? Two reasons.
| First, open source is providing a robust, free foundation upon which 
| Microsoft's biggest future competitors are building. Google, Yahoo, Facebook, 
| etc. are all children of open source. Without open source, they are arguably 
| not nearly as viable as businesses because they would lose both flexibility 
| and funding in and to their infrastructure.    
| Second, open source changes the way customers expect value to be delivered in 
| software and drops the start-up cost to $0.00. Microsoft has, in part, pushed 
| so hard to set up patent toll booths to open source to raise this price tag 
| above $0.00. Microsoft can compete with $0.10. It has yet to figure out how 
| to compete with free, the tool that helped it to kill Netscape.    



So afraid of Linux that it's trolling Linux newsgroups. Like the criminal that
it has always been.


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| "Ideally, use of the competing technology becomes associated with mental 
| deficiency, as in, "he believes in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and OS/2." 
| Just keep rubbing it in, via the press, analysts, newsgroups, whatever. Make 
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| the complete failure of the competition's technology part of the mythology of 
| the computer industry. We want to place selection pressure on those companies 
| and individuals that show a genetic weakness for competitors' technologies, 
| to make the industry increasingly resistant to such unhealthy strains, over 
| time."       

                                --- Microsoft, internal document

Feeling the heat at Microsoft

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| A couple of years ago you reiterated that IBM was Microsoft's biggest 
| competitor and you said not just on the business side, but overall. If I ask 
| you who is Microsoft's biggest competitor now, who would it be?  
| Ballmer: Open...Linux. I don't want to say open source. Linux, certainly have 
| to go with that. 

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