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Mar 05, 2001, 22:48 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Unless you've been on Mars since 1991, you know that Linux is an open source upstart challenger to Microsoft Corp.'s Windows operating systems. Indeed, part of Microsoft's antitrust defense is that Linux poses a viable alternative to Windows."

"While some seriously doubt Microsoft's claim, Linux is making a strong showing in both the server market and in embedded projects. Its major weakness appears to be on the desktop, although there it is catching up. Whereas Microsoft appears to have a handful of different product families- Windows 98/Windows Me, NT/2000, and Windows CE, for the server, desktop, and embedded markets, respectively- Linux is a single operating system that is spreading to all three."

It is even making modest headway on the desktop. According to International Data Corp. (IDC), a Framingham, Mass.-based market research company, Linux's market share of the PC/client operating environment grew to nearly four percent in 1999, the last full year for which final figures are currently available. Linux's four percent follows closely behind the five percent desktop market share held by Apple Computer Inc.'s Macintosh OS.

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