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USA Today: Could Linux outdo Windows?

Mar 09, 2000, 08:03 (27 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Deborah Solomon)

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"When Yodlee.com was looking for an operating system to power its Web site, the company -- founded by former Microsoft and Amazon executives -- bypassed Windows NT and turned instead to Linux."

"The start-up, which aggregates and manages online accounts for Web surfers, needed tough, reliable software that could serve up information from a multitude of sites. And they needed it on the cheap...."

"The groundswell of support is nothing less than a revolution, shaking up the software industry and posing a real threat to Microsoft. While Windows is in no immediate danger of losing its dominant position, analysts predict Linux will creep into many Internet-enabled devices and back-end systems over the next two years...."

"Linux is certainly a competitor," says Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. "But Windows 2000 is a much more appropriate product. Linux hasn't scaled up very well, particularly for Internet service providers who want to host multiple companies' Web sites on a single server."

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