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Business Week: Linux Might Not Break Windows, But... The little jerry-built operating system is carving a niche

Jan 29, 1999, 09:22 (9 Talkback[s])

"... Linux isn't quite ready for prime time. Developed as a kind of hobby in 1991 by Linus Torvalds, Linux (pronounced LINN-ux) still bears some of the hallmarks of an engineering project. The software is difficult to install and use. No major computer makers ship Linux with desktop PCs, although some will fill orders for it. And most PC makers don't plan on pushing it as an alternative to Windows."

"... Linux is ''a cult thing,'' says John Parkinson, chief technologist for Ernst & Young." Should Microsoft (MSFT) be afraid? Not yet."

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