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USA Today: Maker of Lindows Laughs at Face of Danger (and Microsoft)

Feb 26, 2003, 16:00 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kevin Maney)

"Michael Robertson has a software glitch in his belfry. He's a crazy man. Certifiable. And God bless him for it.

"Maybe he'll finally give the technology industry some spine when it comes to going up against Microsoft. That, or he is tech's Chuck 'The Bayonne Bleeder' Wepner, about to get turned into goulash by the Muhammad Ali of software.

"Either way, this bout should be entertaining.

"Robertson has started a company doing something that has struck fear into everyone else: competing against Microsoft's Windows in the PC operating system (OS) market, which Microsoft has utterly dominated for almost two decades. Beyond that, Robertson is outright antagonizing Microsoft. Taking a lesson from off-price cereals and toilet paper, he named his cheap OS and his company Lindows--a melding of Linux and Windows. The name--one letter different from the trademarked Windows--has served roughly the same purpose as a red cape waved in front of a bull..."

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