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E-Commerce Times: Is Microsoft Ready To Take the Gloves Off With Linux?

Jun 28, 1999, 17:44 (27 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Chet Dembeck)

"Even as Microsoft fights for its corporate life at its federal antitrust trial, some say it's switching into hyper-drive in a plan to combat the threat of the Linux operating system..."

"...Bill Gates, during a recent interview with Business Week, said that he viewed Linux as one Microsoft's biggest threats. Since April, Microsoft Vice President Brian Valentine said the company was considering opening up its source code more widely to combat Linux..."

"In addition, Microsoft is advertising a job opening for a product manager to provide a "competitive analysis of Linux -- both for providing product planning for the development team and for technical assistance to Microsoft's sales force." In fact, some analysts speculate there is already a battle-trained Linux response team within Microsoft, lead by Jim Ewel, director of marketing."

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