"IBM's endorsement last week of Linux should come as no surprise
to anyone who has followed the evolution of the open source
movement. But it seems the market does not follow these things very
"A mild confusion swept the US technology exchange, the Nasdaq,
last week resulting in the biggest slump in Microsoft's stock price
since the crash of 1987. The share value dropped nearly 20 per cent
in two days"
"The reason? Delays in Windows 2000 and the perceived
competition of free software operating system Linux, brought to the
fore by IBM's backing of the platform"
"We'll see the Linux demographic change from hackers to someone
wearing a suit - their needs are completely different," Love
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