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Nando Times: Linux operating system set to benefit from Microsoft's legal fight

Jun 10, 2000, 22:06 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Svensson)

"As Microsoft Corp., the "10-ton gorilla" of desktop software, battles a court-ordered breakup, an operating system symbolized by a small, flightless bird could be the real winner."

"Linux, which presents a cute penguin as its mascot, is in many ways the polar opposite of Microsoft's Windows operating system. While Microsoft keeps tight control over its flagship product, Linux is owned by nobody and can be modified by anybody."

"If two years of uncertainty ensue, how far could Linux get in that two-year period? It could get pretty far," Narbeth, Pa.-based computer consultant Amy D. Wohl said. The prospect of a breakup could make software developers think about which operating system to write for, Wohl said. "That may mean a lot of people both on the customer side and the developer side may feel that Linux represents a good choice."

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