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ComputerWorld: Microsoft's Tod Nielsen describes world of Web services [& talks about Linux]

Apr 20, 2000, 01:32 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dominique Deckmyn)

"Taking over a slot generally reserved for the likes of his company's chairman Bill Gates, Microsoft Corp.'s Tod Nielsen yesterday delivered the opening keynote at Comdex in Chicago. Afterward, he spoke to Computerworld about the industry's move toward Web services."

"Q: I counted three Linux jokes in your keynote. Does that mean Linux is now the main competitor on your viewscreen?

A: I wouldn't say the main competitor. I think Linux is certainly something we pay attention to. My background in Microsoft is working with the developer community, and so anything that gets the developer community's interest, I want to understand - what the value proposition is and what I can do to better respond to that."

"Q: So from your perspective, what is the Linux value proposition and how can you respond to it?

A: It's not what people commonly think, (that it's) because it's open source and you can work on the source. It's rare to find a developer who makes any source changes to the Linux code. What they like is its suitability to (certain) tasks. You don't see them using a rich set of services building a rich set of applications, but if they want to have a fast, simple Web server or a special embedded appliance and they want a simple OS, it does that task pretty well. And it's Unix-based, so people who have the Unix bent are comfortable using it."

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