Forbes: Microsoft @ 30: Thanks, Linux
Aug 31, 2004, 22:45 (31 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Daniel Lyons)
[ Thanks to Marty
Leisner for this link. ]
"Is Linus Torvalds secretly working for Microsoft? That sounds
crazy until you consider that lately, the free operating system he
created, Linux, has been helping Microsoft close deals.
"Consider the deal that Microsoft snagged with the London
borough of Newham, announced in early August. Looking to overhaul
their computer systems, the Brits originally planned to dump
Microsoft's Windows and switch to open-source programs, including
Linux. But when they commissioned a study to evaluate costs, they
found it would be cheaper to stick with Windows. So they signed on
for a 10-year deal..."