(…) So you wouldn’t do a deal? No, absolutely not. But the time will come when the folks at Microsoft who have a clear vision for the company as a participant in this community, rather than as a hostile antagonist, will win. At that point I’d love to work with Microsoft. It’s not an evil empire. It’s just a company that is efficiently grounded in the 1980s. New leadership and new thinking might make it a more effective partner for us.
(…) 13) In a interview (link) you declared that “you’d love to work with Microsoft”. Do you want to make another deal following the Novell one or what?
I am very happy to work with Microsoft, or any other company, to improve the state of free software and the software industry as a whole. There are many things that we can collaborate on where we have shared interests – encouraging good telecommunications policy, for example.
Direi che se la Microsoft cambia la strategia (iniziata ignorando il software libero, poi dichiarandolo nemico giurato, poi ancora confezionando campagne mistificatorie con getthefacts) e intraprende la strada del business in sinergia del software libero, abbandonando minacce e strumenti, non fa che giovare a stessa e a un mercato meno istericamente competitivo