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Nando News: Time is on Microsoft's side

Oct 19, 1999, 20:30 (20 Talkback[s])
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"But with the recent popularity of Linux software, another Microsoft competitor, Microsoft's operating system monopoly itself is being called into question."

"In 1994, the Linux operating system was running on only 500,000 computers and industry experts were skeptical about its chances for commercial success. Today, Linux's "open" system is installed on more than 8 million computers worldwide and touts over 60 venders in the United States alone. Included are heavy hitters Compaq, Dell, and Hewlett-Packard. Red Hat Inc., a successful seller of Linux software, has recently gone public and quickly rose to over $50 per share."

"With Red Hat's Wall Street success, experts predict an increase in the number of Linux-related IPOs. This would mean more cash for businesses to spend promoting the Linux operating system. Increased marketing could win Linux the mass-market appeal it will need to compete against Windows for desktop PCs."

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