Brotherred writes: "Microsoft said in context to PCWorld requesting comment about its GNU+Linux deals and what its plans are for Red Hat. That their doors are open to the Riley North Carolina distributer.
GPLv3 blocks all such deals. But it seems like anything else the dust has to settle first and some on has to actually file a complaint. Not to mention the final draft has to be fully ratified yet. Red Hat has always been on the leading edge of innovation while these companies that can not seem to leverage their place in the FOSS market are TRYING to sell them selves out to Microsoft. In the end M$! gets richer by a couple million at a time and the inconsequential companies that do that know what to do with the freedom that they once had will find their days are numbered."
davidebsmith writes: "In an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer says that Linux and the open source movement is "good competition" because it will "force [Microsoft] to be innovative," but calls Linux "a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches." He also says that the inclusion of IE in Windows has been "great ... for innovation in the software industry" (except for Netscape) and that MS's new copy protections are just "bumps in the road" to "help customers understand when they are crossing the line . . . so they can't do the wrong thing." And he says a few more amusing things, also."