[K12OSN] OT: News article
veewee77 at alltel.net
Thu May 11 02:33:18 UTC 2006
This is funny!
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Microsoft CEO downplays Linux-Oregon connection
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer
is less than impressed with a rival computer software developer based in
Comment - Why *would* he be impressed?
The state is a hub for the Linux open source software - the chief rival
to Microsoft Windows. Open source software, developed by a Finnish
programmer named Linus Torvalds who now lives just south of Portland, is
shared by its developers while Microsoft charges licensing fees for Windows.
Ballmer said open source may have a role in the technology world, but
it's not leading the way.
Comment - If you ran a gas station would you tell everyone that they can
get free gas over at another station?
"There's no innovation that we've seen come out of - at least Linux,"
Ballmer said Tuesday. "Linux is a clone of a 30-years-old operating
system (called Unix)."
Coimment - The *entire linux thing* is innovation! Sure it may be a
clone of a 30-year-old OS, but it has had that long to evolve and become
robust, stable, and extremely versatile. M$ keeps trying new things
every couple of years all with the same result. . . buggy, unstable
Ballmer was in Oregon to help dedicate Portland State University's new
engineering building. Microsoft donated $200,000 toward a $53 million
upgrade of PSU's Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science,
which includes the new $35 million engineering building and a new
Microsoft lab in the engineering school.
Comment - Hold the phone! M$ donated $200,000 to this project? That is
3/1000ths of 1 percent!
Microsoft's involvement in the new facility coincides with growing
fervor in Oregon around open source software.
Comment - running scared, perhaps?
Intel and IBM base their Linux development work in Oregon, and last year
Google Inc. donated $350,000 to support open source research at Oregon
State and PSU.
Comment - Google donated more than M$ and they aren't in the OS business
Those developments caught Microsoft's attention, said Pamela Gesme
Miller, the engineering school's external relations director, who
solicited Microsoft's involvement in the new building.
"I think it kind of woke them up and they said, open source is taking
over Oregon," Miller said. "Microsoft wants to be a player. They're
thinking they've ignored Oregon a little too long."
Comment - Ignored? They're right next door, practically!
On Tuesday, Ballmer said Microsoft already is heavily involved in
Oregon. He pointed to a company-sponsored study that calculated
Microsoft technology generates $3 billion in spending annually in the state.
Comment - A sizeable portion of that spending is for M$ licensing. .
.And the study was sponsored by. . .
Although Microsoft employs only about 100 people in Oregon directly,
Ballmer said the company has 2,700 business partners in the state,
individual contractors and IT companies that employ about 13,000 people
developing software and providing technology services using Microsoft
Comment - It takes that many to keep it working?
Open source activity pales in comparison, Ballmer said.
Comment - not if you keep in mind that FOSS is a worldwide operation,
and yet fixes, patches and updates come out very fast in FOSS but in M$
you have to wait until they "get around to it" unless enough people scream.
"We make a much bigger economic impact in Oregon," he said. "Open source
doesn't come from a company. It comes from the ether. That's part of its
Comment - This is also it greatest advantage. It is not profit-based.
"But the only physical presence it appears to have anywhere in the world
happens to be here in Oregon. So I suspect that contributes to the buzz
Comment - Ballmer has been under a rock for the last 15 years. . .
JMO - YMMV
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