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LinuxToday.com.au: The Democratically Elected Microsoft

Sep 14, 2000, 07:43 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by hawkeyes)

[ Thanks to renai43 for this link. ]

"In recent press coverage, the heavyweights of Microsoft seem unable to agree on the seriousness of the Linux threat. Admittedly it's hard to envisage a "threat" to one of the world's biggest and most powerful software merchants coming from a rag-tag bunch of part-time programmers trying to convince the world to live in their idealistic world built on free software. However, now Linux is not a phenomenon sweeping the net. It's a venture backed by some of the largest computer companies in the world - Sun, IBM, Compaq and Corel."

"There has been no concerted policy from Microsoft with reference to Linux, although recently a position was advertised on Microsoft's jobs network - a Linux position which would basically see a paid Microsoft employee dealing solely in Linux policy. Maybe Microsoft will come up with a policy sometime about Linux sometime in the future - about the same time the Australian Government and Senator Alston come up with a comprehensive (and practical!!) Information Technology policy, maybe."

"In a recent speech to IDC's European IT Forum, Steve Ballmer, Microsoft's President and Chief Executive talked about "the phenomenon of Linux" as being a large threat to the software giant. Other named threats included Sun, IBM, Oracle and America Online. However, unlike the aforementioned software companies, Ballmer admitted that he could not think which Linux companies to name. This columnist would suggest a few likely ones like Red Hat, makers of the most popular Linux distro, as well as Suse, the great European distributor, however Ballmer obviously doesn't consider Red Hat as a large enough threat, even with the Red Hat Certified Engineers pouring out of the labs and giving the MCSE's a run for their money."

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