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Ballmer joins Linux Foundation board

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In what many long-time observers of free and open source software consider a natural progression, Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer is to join the board of the Linux Foundation.

A statement issued by Carl F. Rowe III, a spokesman for the Foundation, said it was pleased to report that Ballmer had accepted an invitation to join the board. "Considering that none of our members have anything to do with the community anymore, we thought we should have people like him, forward-looking souls who oversee the development of mediocre software and massive marketshare, on our board," Rowe told a media conference held in Washington DC this morning.

The Foundation was formed recently by a merger between the Open Source Development Labs and the Free Standards Group.

Rowe said: "To all naysayers, greenies and tree-huggers, I say, everything goes through three phases: first you do it for fun, then you do it for a few friends, and finally you end up doing it for money. Linux has now reached the final stage and we need people like Ballmer on board."

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