DevX.com: ...What does the DOJ's ruling against Microsoft mean to developers?Apr 10, 2000, 04:36 (22 Talkback[s])
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"...Linux offers a clear alternative to Windows. It's not as robust, yet, but as one DevX member wondered in the VBPJ Talk to The Editors forum, if Linux is free, why aren't more people moving to it? And if it's so great, how come they can't even give it away?"
"Linux still lacks a killer development tool. For developers, there's still no stronger option than Microsoft's development tools to build solutions for Windows clients and servers. Mind you, Microsoft's next version of Visual Studio promises to make a drastic improvement in Web development—and support for open, Web-based standards."
"Will developers who bet their livelihood and career on Microsoft platforms find themselves on a sinking ship? I say no: first, any remedies--penalties--enacted against Microsoft will take years to implement. Second, the rich-client-centric world the suit focuses on will be less significant in a few years. Third, Microsoft's promised support of Internet standards makes your skills even more portable. Microsoft's down, but not out."
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