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Infoworld: Linux is reaching a critical turning point as Microsoft saga continues to unfold

Jun 25, 2000, 00:13 (20 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nicholas Petreley)

"If you privately with representatives from ISVs, you'll find that they have been itching for ages to rally behind some platform other than Windows. Microsoft has left such a long trail of dead bodies that few ISVs remain in denial about the consequences of promoting Windows as a dominant platform."

"They know that, given the opportunity, Microsoft always will use Windows to put its competition out of business. The last remaining hope for any ISV is that Microsoft will not consider it a competitor. But as Microsoft expands into every conceivable market, the chances of remaining out of the company's sights are slim to none."

"Advocates within the Linux circle would love to believe that high-profile vendors are now rallying behind Linux because of the benefits of open source and because Linux is such a high-quality operating system."

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