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NY Times: Gates Advocates Competition, but He Has His Doubters

Nov 16, 1999, 07:35 (1 Talkback[s])
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"As William H. Gates opened his annual speech at the Comdex technology conference, he tried to portray Microsoft as a company that wanted to give consumers choices in how they use computers and get online. But many of those attending expressed doubts about whether Microsoft was truly embracing the idea of competition...."

"Some attendees pointed to Linux, the operating system of the so-called open-source movement, as another potential competitor to Microsoft. In fact, many at the conference, while bemoaning a Microsoft monopoly, also hailed Linux's latest successes."

"For the first time, the organizers of Comdex, Ziff-Davis, opened a parallel conference called the Linux Business Expo to give Linux developers a central place to display their wares. The halls were not nearly as crowded as those near Microsoft's booth, but hundreds of people streamed by to look, for the first time, at new programs like a Linux version of Word Perfect from Corel."

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