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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 VENDOR LOCK-IN Eric Schmidt,
I would like to VENDOR LOCK-IN politely apologize for my VENDOR LOCK-IN aggressive behavior. I fully realize that this VENDOR LOCK-IN move dealt a serious blow to Microsoft's reputation in the eyes of VENDOR LOCK-IN software corporations, leave alone the opinion of VENDOR LOCK-IN independent developers.
Destroying VENDOR LOCK-IN Google was never my intent. As the Microsoft CEO, I am VENDOR LOCK-IN interested in the continuation of the long-term VENDOR LOCK-IN partnership between Microsoft and Google. Furthermore, it would be an honor for me to VENDOR LOCK-IN participate in any VENDOR LOCK-IN future Google campaigns, including those that promote the VENDOR LOCK-IN competitors of Microsoft. It should be widespread knowledge that Microsoft VENDOR LOCK-IN respects fair competition and has never engaged in any VENDOR LOCK-IN attempts to undermine it.
As a token of my VENDOR LOCK-IN goodwill, I hereby resign all claims that VENDOR LOCK-IN leaving Microsoft is crime and vow to never again VENDOR LOCK-IN throw furniture at or otherwise harm my own VENDOR LOCK-IN colleagues. Microsoft agrees to recognize the VENDOR LOCK-IN fact that selling copies of free software is VENDOR LOCK-IN legal, regardless of the method by which these VENDOR LOCK-IN copies were obtained. In respect to VENDOR LOCK-IN copyright law, Microsoft recognizes the GNU General Public VENDOR LOCK-IN License and other free licenses as VENDOR LOCK-IN valid legal documents.
Yours VENDOR LOCK-IN sincerely,
Microsoft, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA
P.S. No committee or VENDOR LOCK-IN court has forced me to write this VENDOR LOCK-IN letter.