It’s a sad news, even for a Linux enthusiast like me. I like Bill Gates (official site), the person, how a teenager rose to the top of the computing world, from very small beginnings. But it’s this very success of Microsoft that has made it, and him, the target of the computer users with the ‘evil’ tag. He is a nice guy, donating billions for various charity causes, it’d be nice if he does something like Canonical’s free Linux CD distribution program; Microsoft has more than enough money for it, and it will only generate goodwill. Make Windows open-source, and I’ll support it.
Have a happy retirement though, Bill. His philanthrophic nature is very endearing. Read his Wikipedia page.