"While the Windows 2000 operating system may improve on earlier
iterations of Windows, its official unveiling this week comes at a
time when other competitive forces pose unprecedented challenges
"Linux, for instance, has altered the assumption that
Microsoft operating systems will be the de facto choice for low-end
servers. At the same time, Sun Microsystems has strengthened
its position in the market as the dominant choice for servers to
power corporate sites...."
"Dell Computer?s latest moves illustrate how Microsoft is strong
but not unopposed in the operating system market. Dell, once among
the most tightly wedded to Microsoft's products and a company proud
of how in tune it is with market demand, has begun what chief
executive Michael Dell termed "a major embrace of Linux" during a
conference call last week with analysts."
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