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Always On: Bill: Linux Is Too Pricey

Dec 02, 2003, 20:00 (36 Talkback[s])

"AlwaysOn: Do you think of Linux when you sleep, and say, 'Oh God, Linux again!'

"Gates: Well, in every period of Microsoft's history there's been something. There was OS/2. For a while, that was a pretty serious problem. The largest consumer company in the world told us their army was marching and was going to destroy us. It was a competitive battle. And there have been others.

"Not that long ago, there was this rhetoric about long-term R&D being unimportant and the operating system being irrelevant. That thinking was pretty prevalent for a while..."

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