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Globe and Mail: Microsoft's Real Worry: Linux

May 06, 2000, 19:40 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tyler Hamilton)

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"As a U.S. court considers a proposal to break the software goliath apart and as Microsoft prepares to bog down the process with judicial appeals, the Redmond, Wash.-based company may find itself too distracted to deal with a more immediate threat to its Windows-based business: the Linux operating system."

"As more companies turn to ASPs to supply and manage their software, there is expected to be growing demand for Linux-based servers and a decline in the percentage of servers running Windows NT. "Linux is going to be increasingly part of the picture," says Christopher Rouse, vice-president of marketing at Infocast Corp., a Toronto-based ASP."

"The evidence is mounting. Michael Dell, founder and top boss at Dell Computer Corp. of Round Rock, Tex., said in a recent visit to Toronto that one in four servers sold in the world today are bought from Dell, and that one third of those servers being used for Internet applications are powered by Linux."

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