Upside: New Linux kernel arrives with little fanfare

“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

“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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