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ConsultingTimes: CodeWeavers/Xandros Deal: "Let the Revolution Begin!"

Oct 17, 2002, 21:00 (20 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen E. Harris)

"Xandros is incorporating customized versions of CodeWeavers' CrossOver Office and CrossOver Plugin solutions into its long-awaited Linux distribution, slated for release around the end of October. This 'CrossOver for Xandros' package allows users to easily install and use critical office programs--most notably Microsoft Office--directly under Linux, without the need to purchase a Microsoft Windows license.

"To get a take on what this alliance means for the future of the Linux desktop, ConsultingTimes contacted Jeremy White, CodeWeavers' founder and CEO. What resulted was a fascinating and wide-ranging discussion on a number of questions, including 'What will Microsoft do to retaliate?'

"CT: What is the significance of your forthcoming Xandros announcement?

"JW: It really marks the start of the first Windows-compatible Linux operating system. What that marks to me is the start of a time when consumers have choice--where there is real competition in the marketplace. Right now--all Linux religious zealotry aside--folks are pretty much forced into buying Windows. They have to--their kids games won't run unless it's Windows. So what we're seeing is what I feel is the beginning of the revolution. The beginning of the cracking of that ninety-five percent market share..."

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