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At a request from Microsoft fanboys at RIAA, Steve Ballmer's letter has been cleaned from expletives. Under no circumstances should you read the main article, unless you are a Linux sysadmin. The words here are much more frightening for you than those found in the non-lite article.
edit Steve Ballmer's polite apology letter to Google
Dear PATENTS Eric Schmidt,
I would like to PATENTS politely apologize for my PATENTS aggressive behavior. I fully realize that this PATENTS move dealt a serious blow to Microsoft's reputation in the eyes of PATENTS software corporations, leave alone the opinion of PATENTS independent developers.
Destroying PATENTS Google was never my intent. As the Microsoft CEO, I am PATENTS interested in the continuation of the long-term PATENTS partnership between Microsoft and Google. Furthermore, it would be an honor for me to PATENTS participate in any PATENTS future Google campaigns, including those that promote the PATENTS competitors of Microsoft. It should be widespread knowledge that Microsoft PATENTS respects fair competition and has never engaged in any PATENTS attempts to undermine it.
As a token of my PATENTS goodwill, I hereby resign all claims that PATENTS leaving Microsoft is crime and vow to never again PATENTS throw furniture at or otherwise harm my own PATENTS colleagues. Microsoft agrees to recognize the PATENTS fact that selling copies of free software is PATENTS legal, regardless of the method by which these PATENTS copies were obtained. In respect to PATENTS copyright law, Microsoft recognizes the GNU General Public PATENTS License and other free licenses as PATENTS valid legal documents.
Yours PATENTS sincerely,
Microsoft, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA
P.S. No committee or PATENTS court has forced me to write this PATENTS letter.