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Seattle Times: Comdex '99: Microsoft rivals aim squarely for giant's soft spots

Nov 17, 1999, 18:31 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jay Greene)

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"Monday was Microsoft's day in the sun at the giant Comdex computer trade show. By nightfall, competitors were lining up to rain on the software giant's parade...."

"Linus Torvalds, creator of the Linux operating system that many see as a threat to Microsoft, took the first swing. In his keynote address Monday night, Torvalds listed his five reasons for writing "open source" software, including: "You won't get sued for anti-competitive practices." With open-source software, the code is available to anyone. That's not the case with Microsoft's proprietary operating system...."

"First of all, Novell is actively delivering directories," said Eubanks, making a not-so-veiled reference to Microsoft's Active Directory, which will ship when Windows 2000 does."

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