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Sep 18, 2000, 13:01 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

"One thing I'll give the Kids at Redmond--they certainly are a consistent bunch. After a few weeks of watching a lot of the people in the Linux community snipe at each other, they are likely flush with new confidence in the strength of their latest operating system: Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (ME)."

"What's that you say? Never heard of Windows ME? Join the club. Not since Microsoft Bob has a product launch from Redmond been so limply received by retailers. It's barely stocked in my local computer store--compared to the launch of Windows 95 and 98, when every shelf in the store was covered with sky-blue boxes (interestingly enough, the local store had more boxes of Linux distributions than WinME). WinME is showing up on pre-loaded boxes of course, so it will slowly enter the PC market, but not with any great speed, that's for sure."

"This is not exactly the best forum for making this announcement, I'll grant you, but it can be held in contrast to some upcoming releases that will make the pulse of any Linux enthusiast quicken: Red Hat Linux 7, KDE 2, and most importantly of all, the upcoming 2.4 kernel. In fact, this news is creating a much bigger stir in the general PC populace than in recent years. The reason? Because, right or wrong, the public perception of Microsoft is of a company that has gone as far as it can go. Linux, it can further be said, is the Next Big Thing--the technology that's on its way up."

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