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Reuters: Microsoft seen unlikely to open Windows

Apr 12, 1999, 23:46 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Martin Wolk)

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"For months Microsoft Corp. 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 Windows."

"Not only is Linux growing far more quickly than Microsoft's heavily promoted Windows NT system, but the success of the program first published by a Finnish student has raised new questions about how best to develop complex software."

"Now Microsoft executives have acknowledged for the first time that maybe there is something to be said for the grass-roots techno-democracy of Finland's Linus Torvalds and his legions of supporters, who have taken the computer world by storm by making Linux available free of charge."

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