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LinuxPlanet: Editor's Note: Microsoft Supports Linux! (Sort Of)

Jun 30, 2000, 17:03 (17 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kevin Reichard)

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"It is the assumption of many hardcore Linux fans that the future of Linux lies in competing effectively with Microsoft on the desktop. Hence the literally hundreds of developers working on KDE, GNOME, and the accompanying applications. ... Long term, however, I don't see applications as being all that important--and that feeling was (curiously) reinforced by Microsoft when it announced the Microsoft.Net initiative."

"...the basic thrust of the intiative is that in the future applications will be run from a Web browser and essentially live on the network, not on the local machine. ... For Microsoft to admit that they're moving applications to the Web in the manner of ThinkFree Office means that the paradigm shift is already underway..."

"It also signals the death knell for Windows. Let's face it: if you were doing some mission-critical work via a Web browser and needed an OS that provided a high level of reliability, which would you choose: Linux or Windows? There's just no comparison."

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