Ballmer: No sleep lost over Linux

Submitted by jbreland on Fri, 04/25/2003 - 13:51

C|Net is carrying an interview with Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, about Linux, FOSS, piracy, sales, and marketing, among other topics.

This guy cracks me up everytime he says something. He's so completely full of crap that I'm surprised he's even allowed to be in the IT field, let alone CEO of the most dominate software company in the market.

Some highlights:

I would argue that our customers have seen a lot more innovation from us than they have seen from [the open-source] community.

I'm sorry, what? What exactly did you innovate? What in your entire product line was not acquired or stolen from someone else?

Linux itself is a clone ... of a 20-year-old system.

Actually, is a 30-year-old system, and it's an evoultion of it, not a clone. And by the way, do you remember something called MS-DOS? Windows for Workgroups? Window NT? How exactly is this version so revolutionary?

A Linux PC in most countries is a PC in which somebody is being encouraged to pirate Windows.

Riiiiiiiiight.

And I also don't think hardware prices have come down, at least at the client. Hardware prices have not come down significantly in a number of years...The capability goes up, as the capability goes up in our software.

C|NET: "Average selling prices are pretty far down."

No, no, no. Not in the home. It hasn't come down in the last several years at all. Remember when sub-$1,000 PCs were all the rage. The percentage of sub-$1,000 or $500 PCs is not significantly different today than it was several years ago. There is more capability every year for the price, but the same could be said for Microsoft Office 2003.

Wow. Anyone else have a headache after reading that?

There are numerous more choice quotes, so please, grab yourself a Dew, pop some popcorn, sit back and prepare to be entertained.

Here's the full interview:
http://news.com.com/2008-1082-998297.html

LegRoom.net Updates

Submitted by jbreland on Thu, 04/24/2003 - 02:21

I should mention that I'm currently recoding parts of my theme to make it as XHTML complient as possible. Unfortunately, this may break compatability with older or lesser-known browsers. I'll of course be testing against as many browsers as I'm able, however I wanted to make sure everyone was aware that there will very likely be some page errors appearing here and there until the transition is complete. If you notice anything that doesn't look or work correctly, please let me know.

Also, I thought I'd mention that I added a bunch of new avatars. You can select one for your profile in the "Change your info" page. There's some cool stuff available, although, to be honest, I haven't found a use for the avatars yet.

One more thing. I'm sure you've noticed that David has posted quite a few articles on this site. Anyone/everyone else is also welcome to do so. If you see anything that looks interesting or noteworthy, just click the Submit News link to send it in.

Thanks, and stay tuned!

AMD rolls dice on Opteron chip

Submitted by jbreland on Wed, 04/23/2003 - 21:41

Yes, it's a day late, but certainly worth mentioning. Yesterday, AMD formally launched Opteron, their 64-bit server and workstation processor. Unlike Intel's Itanium, however, Opteron also natively supports 32-bit code, which will make migrating to the new platform easier and much cheaper.

Read the full article on CNet for additional details about the technology behind the chip:
http://news.com.com/2100-1006-997529.html?tag=nl

A Comparison of the GPL and the Microsoft EULA

Submitted by jbreland on Wed, 04/23/2003 - 21:25

This 30 page document analyzes many of the differences between the GNU GPL and Microsft's current EULA, represented by the Windows XP EULA.

As you read through it, there does seems to be a bias towards the GPL, however I'd have to say that the facts speak for themselves. The GPL is very simply less restrictive than any Microsoft EULA.

To quickly summarize:

... the majority of the Microsoft EULA appears to protect Microsoft and limit the choices, options and actions taken by the users... In contrast, the majority of the GPL is designed to apportion rights to the users ... with a secondary emphasis on protecting the originating developers of that software... In all, a marked contrast to the EULA.

A marked contrast, indeed.

Read the full .pdf

SCO CEO Defends $1 Billion Lawsuit Against IBM

Submitted by jbreland on Wed, 04/23/2003 - 20:42

Earlier today I came across this interesting interview with SCO CEO Darl McBride, in which he quite righteously defends his company's lawsuite against IBM. Honestly, not since the last interview with Steve Balmer did I here such nonsense. There are several choice quotes in the interview, but this one is probably my favorite:

Everyone just says we're a company going out of business, and throwing a Hail Mary pass, but once we get to court, those who say that will look as strange as the Iraqi information minister on TV saying the infidels are defeated and did not get into Baghdad.

Riiiiiight. In the middle of all that, he also threatened other Linux-friendly companies, including Red Hat and SuSE by name.

Darl, do the world a favor and get a life. And a real name.

Full interview