Lesson for Microsoft: Don't alienate the future customer base
If Microsoft recovers from its attempted assault on open source and becomes its stalwart companion, that will be a valuable lesson to Microsoft business executives for the future. Don't alienate what could become an important part of technology that you'll have to work with. The developers inside Microsoft, on the other hand, never shared the hostility of the business brass. They understood both open source's value. A lesson Steve Ballmer can ponder while watching the hapless Clippers in L.A.