I just finished reading a c|net article titled, Ballmer: United, we’ll stomp on Linux, in which Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO is quoted saying, “Linux is not about free software, it is about community.” The article goes on implying that Microsoft now wants this too. The logic being, that if Microsoft creates a “community” like Linux, then they can finally crush this bothersome foe.
Since I didn’t conduct the interview myself, I have no idea how accurate these statements and conclusions are. But, if they’re true, then I have to laugh.
Indeed, Linux has community, as does Apple. There’s something about banding together as underdogs that creates a sense of camaraderie — not to mention a true belief in the technology itself. Why the hell Microsoft is concerned about the one missing piece of computer domination it doesn’t have, is beyond me. Unless … oh, I get it.
As a member of the Mac community, and as a friend of the Linux community, I can tell Microsoft this:
Money can’t buy you love, friends, or piece of mind … only market share. Apparently, that’s what “community” means to them.