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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..."

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