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iTWire: Microsoft Moves to Maddog's Phase 3

Apr 03, 2006, 18:00 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stan Beer)

"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then they lose. This was the four phase scenario outlined in an interview with Linux evangelist Jon Maddog Hall last month when discussing the likely response of Microsoft to the rise of Linux. Well, a recent interview with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in Forbes magazine indicates that Microsoft has moved into phase three of Maddog's prophetic timeline.

"For a long time, Microsoft collectively shrugged when it came to Linux matters. Then about two years ago, the desktop software monopolist poached a Linux specialist from IBM by the name of Bill Hilf to help the company understand Linux issues. Hilf has publicly scorned suggestions that Linux could one day be a force on the desktop. 'Every year someone says that this year is going to be the year of Linux on the desktop,' he smirked recently..."

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