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Dec 28, 1999, 19:23 (22 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Guy Kewney)

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"Microsoft isn't about to launch its own Linux this year. It simply can't...."

"Yes, it's true; Redmond is hiring Linux-expert staff -- programmers, marketing types. Yes, it's also true; there will be a bigger market for Linux networks than for NT on Itanium, for some time. Yes, it's possibly also true that Microsoft will, one day, be forced to launch its own version of Linux, and that the people it's recruiting now, will be key players in that move...."

"To be sure, it won't take as long to launch MSLinux, as it took to launch Windows. For a start, most of what Microsoft would need, is already there, in theory; it just has to pick up a licence like anybody else can. But that's not the problem. The problem with an operating system can be described in one word:

Drivers."

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