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ZDNet: Microsoft licence plan may boost Linux

May 11, 2001, 13:22 (29 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robert Leemos)

Over the course of the past week, we've received a lot of submissions about Microsoft's licensing plan, which will, among other things, effectively penalize companies that choose to upgrade their "subscribed" software at a slower rate than others. This piece provides more than an excuse to populate the talkbacks with declarations of Microsoft's imminent demise by looking at the effect the new plan could have on Linux. In a nutshell: world domination of the desktop isn't likely, but it may represent gained ground.

"In other words, without a version of Office running on Linux, even lower prices may not lure business customers to the free operating system. With Microsoft Office owning 94 percent of the market, according to Kusnetzky, Linux is unlikely to storm the desktop market.

However, many desktops are used for so-called transactional applications: databases, order entry and Web site production, to name a few. Those PCs could be moved to Linux, said Kusnetzky."

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