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We don’t want you to talk, Mr. Ballmer

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Steve Ballmer deigns to talk about open source. I hate to go all Bond villain on Mr. Ballmer, but the question of whether Microsoft talks to open source, about open source, or even engages open source is just not relevant any more.

We are past the point with Microsoft where open source needs to fear the Giant of Redmond. Despite Mr. Ballmer’s bluster, the company lacks the legal weaponry to destroy open source, with patents or anything else.

Open source and Microsoft were never really enemies in the first place. Open source is a business model. Microsoft is a company. It’s like pitting a noun against a verb.

The conflict between Microsoft and open source involved the monopoly rents Microsoft was gaining due to what is now becoming an obsolete business model. That era is now over and Microsoft knows it.

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