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LinuxHPC.org: Will The Linux Penguin End Up Flipping Microsoft the Bird?

Nov 02, 2002, 02:30 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Terry Shannon)

"It was more than half a decade ago that Bill Gates took time out of his busy schedule to helicopter into Sophia Antipolis, DEC's research center near Valbonne, France, and the new home of the DEC-Microsoft Joint European Briefing Center (obviously, The Assimilation was well underway). After the obligatory content-free speech, Gates took a few questions from the audience. One of the first was from SKHPC, who, in a rare moment of political correctness, asked His Gatesness what impact he felt Linux would have on commercial desktop UNIX OSes (specifically not on Microsoft desktops).

"It is with great pleasure that I can report that I was the only analyst in the audience capable of flummoxing Mister Gates: given his rambling. incoherent answer to my simple question, it was intuitively obvious that that the guy couldn't even SPELL Linux, much less figure out what it was. Looks like he missed the boat, and given Microsoft's experience with the Internet and the long-awaited yet ill-defined .NET, the good ship Linux isn't the only vessel that set sail before Gates embarked..."

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