"For months, Microsoft executives have watched as Linux, a
computer program developed by a loosely knit network of volunteers,
has gained momentum as the latest rival to the market dominance of
"The open-source operating system developed by a loose-knit
network of volunteers is growing far more rapidly than Microsoft's
heavily promoted Windows NT system. And the success of Linux has
raised new questions about the future of software development."
"Last week, Microsoft president Steve Ballmer acknowledged there
is something to be said for the grass-roots techno-democracy of
Finland's Linus Torvalds and his legions of supporters."
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