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Smart Partner: Is Microsoft Going Down The Tubes?

Sep 11, 2000, 18:57 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

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"Today, Microsoft presents users with a bewildering array of end-user operating system options: Windows 95, Windows 98 SE, Windows ME, Windows 2000 Professional and Windows CE. With so much potential confusion, is it any wonder that people are beginning to look at other end-user operating systems' Corel Linux, a consumer's Linux, while far from a hit, has garnered a small following. As the Unix desktop interface programs KDE and Gnome mature, we can look forward to seeing even more user-friendly interfaces appearing on top of Linux, the BSD OSes and Solaris."

"Think that none of those are really suitable for a desktop' Think again. Many hardware OEMs--like market leaders, Compaq, Dell, Gateway and IBM--are now placing Linux desktops on PCs due to customer demand. Even Sun, with its new Sun Ray line, is giving the desktop market another try. Give users a familiar, Windows-like interface--which you can do with both KDE and they can use with both KDE and Gnome--and a low price tag, and you've got the making of a Windows' killer."

"The usual response to that by Microsoft fans is, "But there aren't any applications!" Give me a break. You've got Sun's Star Office and VistaSource's Applixware for office work, Netscape Navigator for a browser and mail readers that aren't susceptible to Outlook Transmitted Diseases (OTD) like Melissa. That argument hasn't held water for years."

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