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PC World: Windows Versus Windows Versus the World

Sep 03, 1999, 23:14 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Harry McCracken, Scott Spanbauer)

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"Just when it looked like Microsoft had crushed all comers, Linux and others are fighting for your desktop. But the question is, can they win?"

"As most of you know, the past year has seen a formidable challenger enter the fray. Yes, Linux, the freely distributed Unix spin-off, has been around for years, but only recently did companies like Caldera and Red Hat put a user-friendly interface on it to give it mass appeal. And later this year, software heavyweight Corel will release its own flavor of Linux."

"To a lesser extent, the upstart BeOS, which previously courted multimedia authors, has begun making noise too. Back in February, Be's CEO went so far as to offer the BeOS free to any computer company that installed it as the default OS. (To date, just a few companies, including AST, IDot, and Microworkz, have agreed to load BeOS.)"

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