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ZDNet AnchorDesk: Embed Linux, and put Microsoft on the desktop...

Mar 29, 2001, 20:39 (36 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kewney)

"Here's where I lose all my friends in the open software foundation: no, Linux is not going to move into the office any time soon. And the reason has nothing to do with the release of Windows XP. It is: you can't get the staff for Linux operations."

"Here's how I see it: Microsoft does, indeed, fear the popularity of Linux. But if you think this has anything to do with desktop PC computing, you are mad. And I think I can prove it, two ways. First, I can make a case for saying that Linux is a real threat to Windows -- in embedded systems. And second, I can illustrate why it's no threat to Microsoft in the PC market, with the help of The Man -- my friend David."

"Sure, I know dozens of clever nerds who can set up Linux to run Windows under some emulation or other. These clever nerds, however, are not The Man. They work for some large corporate. If you try to go to The Man and ask for a Linux installation with WINE, he will simply refuse. And it's pretty obvious why: if things go wrong, he's on his own."

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