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eWeek: At LinuxWorld, Microsoft exec has fighting words

Jan 31, 2001, 21:24 (39 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Galli)

"Microsoft Corp. is increasingly concerned about the threat posed by Linux -- so concerned, in fact, that some of its executives are attending the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo here this week to keep a close eye on developments on the open-source front and to push Microsoft's Windows and .Net platforms wherever possible...."

"While we are threatened by the Linux business model, where companies give away free software, we are not at all worried about that operating system from a technological standpoint," Miller told eWEEK before heading off to the conference. "There are no earth-shattering technological innovations in Linux -- actually, there's a lot less than can be found in the Windows and Unix platforms...."

"Linux is many, many years away from being an enterprise-ready operating system that can compete with, and challenge, the Windows platform," he said. "There is also no vision or driving force around it. We are already in very good shape on the enterprise today and are leading the charge on the Web services front and in new ways of looking at delivering value."

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