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The Age: Microsoft Rivals Return to the Fray Armed with Linux

Sep 14, 2002, 04:00 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Don Clark)

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"After years of watching Microsoft Corp consolidate its power, a band of software rivals is trying to build a beachhead in desktop computers.

"Their chief weapon is the Linux operating system, which is popular in back-office computers called servers yet has generally flopped in personal computers. But a combination of technology improvements, economic pressures and a change in Microsoft's pricing is increasing the appeal of Linux-based PCs in some business settings, such as customer-service centres, stores and factories.

"In the biggest development, Microsoft arch-rival Sun Microsystems Inc next week plans to announce its first fully fledged commitment to Linux on desktop PCs. The computer maker, whose server business has been hurt by low-end systems running Microsoft Windows, is determined to counterattack by cutting into Microsoft's franchise in desktop-PC software..."

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