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Feb 05, 1999, 18:34 (68 Talkback[s])

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This text was written by Claus Sørensen, PR Manager of SSLUG.

Bill Gates visited Denmark today and the national broadcasting station brought the event. Here is the transcription where Bill Gates was asked about Linux.

Interviewer: "There's a whole group of questions about competition. And especially this Linux system. What do you think about that?"

Bill Gates: Ha-ha. There has been a history of free software coming out of the university environments. The original browser was a free product. There's a webserver called Apache there's a free prouct. And in almost any category of software you find free software.

Typical what we have with Linux is essential UNIX as it was defined twenty years ago.

And people get a kick out of having the source code - gives the possibility to play around with that.

What we're trying to do with Windows is solve a different kind of problem. We're trying to create a system that is muh richer in terms of the graphics and system management."

Interviewer: "So you don't fear Linux?"

Bill Gates: "Oh - I - you know - my job is to fear everything.

The key thing for us is how to redact the innovation in the direction the customers wanted it [to] be. And moving at the speed that we're been able to move in the past.

Now that's what I've gotta make sure - that's about great people - that's about customer feedback groups.

The richness of what people expect in a operating system is increasing.

The thinks I said like speech and handwriting recognition. Those will be part of the oprating system."

You can see the whole event at http://www.dr.dk/gates/.

If you don't understand Danish then look at the hyperlinks:

"Besvarelse af spørgsmål" = "Answering questions" is the part where Bill Gates answering the Linux-questions. (Real Audio link)