Peter Jennings on ABC World News Tonight has a great interview with Bill Gates. They discuss everything from security, to Firefox to Open Source. It’s definitely worth the read. Here is a short piece of the article.
JENNINGS: Everybody I talked to seems to, particularly if they are young, seems to think that open sourcing is important and that among the reasons it is important is that it enables them to run more secure systems. Is that true from your point of view?
GATES: Actually no, but that is the kind of competition that we have. Is that they will innovate in that space, we will innovate in our space. And in fact, we do a lot of work to make sure that these things can inter-operate so that a company can have a mix of Microsoft products, Unix products, Mainframe products, and then each time they do a project they can look and say – is the Microsoft solution best? Is the other solution best? And so there will just be a lot of choices there, no one approach is going to replace the other.
JENNINGS: You sound quite sanguine about this. Is this a public position that is essential to take?
GATES: No, I have always loved the competitive forces in this business. You know I certainly have meetings where I spur people on by saying, “Hey, we can do better than this. How come we are not out ahead on that?” That what keeps my job one of the most interesting in the world.