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CRN: The Dark Horse -- Linux creator Linus Torvalds and his operating system

Nov 16, 1999, 20:07 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paula Rooney)

"With the Internet and DOJ breathing down his neck, who would have thought industry titan Bill Gates would face his greatest threat from a 29-year-old Finnish programmer."

"Linus Torvalds, creator and keeper of the Linux kernel, finds himself and his operating system in the spotlight as the "other cola" in a global software war, which is rapidly mutating into a competition between PC-centric and device-independent standards...."

"Linux advocates delight in another irony. "What's happening to Microsoft [Corp.] is what they did to Netscape [Communications Corp.]," says Arthur Tyde, executive vice president of Linuxcare Inc., a Linux VAR in San Francisco. "Linux is better than what Microsoft offers, and it's free, like Internet Explorer is free."

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