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BusinessWeek Online: DON'T EXPECT LINUX TO HURT MICROSOFT MUCH

Nov 13, 1998, 01:13 (11 Talkback[s])

"... analysts say, you might want to wait if you're thinking of selling your Microsoft shares because of Linux."

"I can understand a small independent Internet service provider deploying Linux to operate a server, but I would be surprised to see a money center bank use it to run its trust department," says Ed Muth, Microsoft group manager of enterprise marketing.

"Even if Linux were to push out all the other Unix systems available, such as those sold by Sun Microsystems or IBM, it would still have to compete against Microsoft's NT, which is gaining ground rapidly against all Unix systems."

"The server market is divided into high-end and low-end. The low end is dominated by Unix machines, most of them supported by major manufacturers such as Compaq and IBM. If Valloppillil's Halloween memo turns out to be prescient and Linux takes all of the low-end Unix market, Compaq and IBM will suffer accordingly."

"It is in the high-end market that the fiercest battle will play out, however. There, the two biggies are Microsoft's NT and Sun Microsystem's Solaris7 version of Unix."

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