"Later, during the question and answer session with the
audience, Torvalds was asked what he thought it might mean to the
industry if Microsoft figured out how to do its own version of
Linux. Torvalds, not missing a beat, showed no
"It is not only possible, but it is legal, and I would encourage
them to do so," Torvalds said. "Actually I would find it very
interesting. I suspect there would be a lot of cross-pollination
between the two. But I don't that will happen any time soon."
"Despite the progress Linux has made against its operating
systems competitors over the past year, Torvalds gave the devil his
due in admitting that the desktop market -- where Microsoft has
held an unshakeable lead, has been the hardest to crack."
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