Reutersreports that Ballmer still stands by his cancer analogy as right for the time. Speaking at an event earlier this week, he said going to war with open source "made a ton of money" that still contributes to Microsoft's revenue. But he said he now considers that the threat from Linux is over.
Ballmer said he "loved" the SQL for Linux announcement and had emailed Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella to congratulate him on the move.
Yet, as Reuters points out, Microsoft's shares lost 40 percent of their value during Ballmer's 14-year tenure. They've risen 50 percent under current chief Nadella, who recently went public on Microsoft's love for Linux.