Feeling competitive heat, rivals decided to chill

Posted by dave on Apr 3, 2004 4:49 AM EDT
San Jose Mercury News; By Dan Gillmor
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The free software community was reading the tea leaves Friday, too, and there were some distinctly worrisome parts of the deal from that perspective. Most notably, Ballmer and McNealy emphasized, as did their press release, the ``intellectual property'' element of their new arrangement. The chief threat these days to Linux and other open-source software is not a lack of quality. It's lawyers.

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