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Mercury Center: Timing is everything, and for Linux it's good

Feb 26, 1999, 17:47 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Chris Nolan)

"With announcements that IBM, Hewlett-Packard and others are shipping machines with Linux software inside, the guerrilla movement is inching its way toward becoming a small-scale revolution. Last week, the IBM announcement was credited by the Associated Press with lowering Microsoft's stock price by more than $4 a share."

"Even if Linux isn't the main reason stock traders are off Microsoft, the perception that the Linux operating system represents a threat is a measure of its new influence.

That's saying something for a piece of computer code that's distributed free, that relies on a network that is unpaid and unconnected -- except by expertise, enthusiasm and programming knowledge -- to innovate and expand."

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