InformationWeek interviewed Steve Balmer on several subjects, including open source. Here’s a choice quote:
We’ve always tried to get innovative work to happen on our operating system, and I want Windows to be the number one destination for open source innovation.
Steve, you could stop by dropping the Unreasonable and Discriminatory Pay-to-Interoperate Tax on commercial open source distribution. These developers already pay the Windows tax. So do their customers. Taxing them again with a licensing scheme that allows you to pull the rug out from under their feet if you decide to compete with them is, in my mind, something other than encouraging development.
I suspect that true innovation doesn’t have to put up toll roads.