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Upside: New Linux kernel arrives with little fanfare

Jan 12, 2001, 21:08 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Williams)

"Less than two weeks after earning the No. 4 slot on Wired.com's Top 10 list for the biggest vaporware projects of 2000, the Linux kernel development team finally unveiled a pre-production release of the long-awaited 2.4 kernel...."

"Consider it a graduation of sorts. Monday Microsoft president Steve Ballmer officially rated Linux "threat No. 1" among competitors trying to chip away at Microsoft Windows' market share."

"I think you have to rate competitors that threaten your core higher than you rate competitors where you're trying to take from them. So in some senses it puts the Linux phenomenon and the Unix phenomenon at the top of the list," said Ballmer. "That really is job one for us, because that's the threat to the Windows business. That's the threat through that to the Office business. So I'd put the Linux phenomenon really as threat No. 1."

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