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Windows2000 Magazine: Ballmer Hints at Moves to Palm OS, Linux

Mar 07, 2001, 08:20 (48 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Thurrott)

"But the biggest news from Ballmer took the form of some offhand remarks about Linux, the open-source software solution that's already a credible challenger of Windows on servers and is increasingly interesting as a desktop OS. Calling the Linux movement a "phenomenon," Ballmer admitted that his company was continuously evaluating Linux and would probably port .NET services to Linux, although "there are hurdles to putting Microsoft software on Linux..."

"Observing that the PC's open hardware model is what let that system emerge victorious over closed systems such as the Macintosh, Linux analysts say that the open Linux OS will similarly triumph over the closed Windows environment..."

"The crucial open-source software battlefield could well decide Microsoft's role in the future of the industry. Thanks to Ballmer's comments, Microsoft's public protestations regarding the possibility of its developing Linux applications now seem a bit weak."

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