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eWeek: Gates Taking 'Pervasive' Linux Seriously

Feb 12, 2003, 16:00 (47 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Galli)

"Microsoft Corp. Chairman and chief software architect Bill Gates on Tuesday weighed in on the threat the Linux operating system poses to his company's business, saying he is taking the threat seriously as Linux is 'out there and very pervasive...'

"'OS/2 for about six years was that. And it wasn't a joke; it was all of IBM that was 10 times the size of Microsoft putting all their energy, their leverage on ISVs, bundling it with their systems, everything they could do to beat Windows, and we as a company had to learn new things, do new things to respond to that competition,' he said.

"But Linux is an 'unusual kind of competition because in a way it's out there and very pervasive. In a way, there's more incompatible versions of Linux than there are of all other operating systems put together. That is, as people do innovations on top of Linux, they don't all get tested together and they're not all consistent with each other,' Gates told the MVPs..."

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