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NewsForge: OSDL CEO Expects Microsoft to Port Apps to Linux

Feb 09, 2004, 17:00 (24 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robin Miller)

"In a phone interview Friday, Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) CEO Stu Cohen said, 'As Linux continues to grow, Microsoft will port some of their applications to run on Linux.' There has been speculation about this for years, and this is still speculation, but Cohen is head of an organization that says it is 'increasingly being recognized as the center-of-gravity for the Linux industry,' and is rapidly proving himself at least as effective a Linux marketer as the freckle-faced boy in IBM's Linux ads, so his speculations carry more weight than most.

"When Cohen took over as OSDL's CEO last April, the group was known primarily for its work on Carrier Grade Linux and other projects of interest only to a narrow range of enterprise-level tech types. Under Cohen, OSDL has become the world's leading Linux advocacy group. It has expanded its range of lab projects, which is nice, but Cohen's biggest coup in a marketing sense was probably hiring Linus Torvalds (who is technically on leave from his old employer, OSDL member Transmeta, and is an 'OSDL Fellow' who works from home, not a 9-to-5 employee)..."

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