Wired: MS: Rivals, Rivals Everywhere

“Far from being a monopolizing giant, Microsoft was
prey-in-waiting for hungry rivals…”

“Maritz testified that Windows faces competition from the Linux
operating system, which can be downloaded for free on the Web or
purchased from several publishers.”

“”Linux is a very complete and sophisticated operating system,”
said Maritz, Microsoft’s group vice president for platforms and
applications. “There are and will be large numbers of applications
available for it.”

“Some people report difficulties in installing Linux, but Maritz
dismissed such problems. Maritz, who oversees much of the software
development at Microsoft, said his college-age son had used the
family’s high-speed Internet connection at home to download and
install Linux in 30 minutes.”