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AlterNet: Microsoft Goes McCarthy in War Against Linux

Aug 17, 2001, 14:30 (42 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Omar J. Pahati)
"Microsoft Windows is the single most widely used computer program in the world. Chances are, it's running right now on your computer at home, in your office, at your kids' school, you name it. Millions of people see the flying Windows logo every day, as it waves across 90 percent of all computer screens on the planet.

Windows and its related programs have become so dominant that, as anyone who has ever heard of Bill Gates knows, the Justice Department is fighting a protracted legal war to break Microsoft's monopoly power. Over a year ago, Microsoft was ordered to split into three different companies. Lately, Justice has threatened to block the release of Windows XP, the latest version of the program, until the courts have decided on a remedy for Microsoft's misbehavior.

But considering how handily Microsoft lawyers have dealt with the government in the past, that may not be Bill Gates' biggest worry these days. Instead, he's probably looking over his shoulder at a program that is equal to (if not better than) Windows, one that's steadily eating away at Microsoft's market share, is constantly being upgraded, and is completely free: Linux."

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