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Silicon.com: 5 Years Ago... Microsoft Denies Linux Threat

Nov 04, 2003, 22:00 (5 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Jason Greenwood for this link. ]

"03.11.98 Microsoft's UK Windows marketing manager, Nick McGrath, has denied rumours that the company is feeling threatened by up-and-coming open source software (OSS) products such as Linux and Apache.

"Widespread speculation emerged on Sunday evening when Eric Raymond--a leading authority on OSS engineering--posted a leaked internal Microsoft memo from Vinod Vallopillil, a Microsoft staff engineer. In it Vallopillil confessed that OSS 'poses a direct, short-term revenue and platform threat to Microsoft, particularly in the server space...'"

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