InfoWorld: Linux creator Torvalds extols open-source wayNov 16, 1999, 17:34 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ed Scannell)
"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 trepidation."
"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."