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ComputerWorld: Microsoft goes for quality, Linux draws crowd

Nov 18, 1999, 20:33 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Cynthia Morgan)

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"Wasn't too long ago that Microsoft's Bill Gates had the same drawing power as a rock star and kids would line up around the block just to get a glimpse of the nerd who made good. But Monday night, it was Linus Torvalds, developer of Linux, who held court over semihysterical young groupies, while Gates trotted out the establishment party line...."

"To be fair, Microsoft's doing a lot of forward thinking, moving new products that will quite frankly be better than the fair-to-middlin' stuff they've pushed for the past five years. Looking at the vast range of Windows-less products at Comdex, though, I've got to wonder if they left the quality part of the equation until too late. Will anyone believe it if Windows 2000 DataCenter finally gets the reliability thing right?"

"Linux got its own show-within-show here this year, and the range of applications being offered is amazing given the operating system's age. Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Compaq and virtually every other hardware maker here is busy pointing out that they were the first last year to recognize the overwhelming importance of Linux as a Web server platform."

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