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Jun 21, 1999, 22:13 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Chris Trumble)

Thanks to ken chaney for this link.

"Facts On The Operating System Standing Up To Window"

"Over the last year, we have watched several operating systems (OSes) that are available as alternatives to Microsoft?s wildly popular Windows family struggle to carve out their niche in the OS market. Even though these OSes are interesting and functional, none of them seemed like much of a threat to the dominance of Microsoft?s Windows."

"This is largely due to the fact that although each OS we looked at had several million users and a couple had software developers creating applications for them, computer makers such as Dell, Gateway, and Compaq were not distributing them. (The one exception being Apple, distributing its MacOS with its Macintosh computers.) Distribution through the retail channel and to corporate buyers is, after all, a huge contributor to Windows? dominance of the OS market. But one Windows competitor has recently begun to clear this hurtle: Linux."

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