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Ballmer: Novell deal proves open source needs to ‘respect IP rights’

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The same week that Microsoft issued a press release providing further details about some of the technological advances that will result from the November 2006 technology agreement between Novell and Microsoft, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer told Wall Street what he really thinks the deal means to Microsoft.

During a forecast update meeting for financial analysts and shareholders on February 15, Ballmer reiterated that, to him, the deal is more about Microsoft exerting intellectual property (IP) pressure on Novell than anything else.

Ballmer didn't talk up technological cross-collaboration. He didn't mention helping customers with interoperability challenges. He didn't mention new sales opportunities. Instead, he said:

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Steve Ballmer: Was this the friend Novell wanted?

Mary Jo has another great post on the Microsoft/Novell pact. I'm sure Novell thought it had a well-meaning partner when it entered the agreement, but Ballmer continues to dash those hopes on the rocks.

With friends like these....

Listen, Brother Ballmer. Please spare us the fear-mongering around Linux.

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