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ComputerWorld: Guilty Verdict Could Boost Linux Fortunes

Apr 12, 2000, 07:59 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dominique Deckmyn)

"An exclusive Computerworld poll found that 11% of corporations surveyed were more likely to consider other operating systems because of last week's verdict. Linux overwhelmingly was the alternative operating system mentioned most often, with 73% of the vote."

"In the future, it will be easier to sell non-Microsoft solutions to upper management," said Rocco Esposito, information technology director at window-shade maker Hunter Douglas Inc. in Broomfield, Colo. Esposito currently uses Solaris and NetWare as well as Windows NT but has no plans for Linux."

"Leading figures of the Linux world believe the rapid rise of Linux during the past two years has been aided by the Microsoft trial. "Without the trial, you would not have had the OEMs so openly embrace other platforms," said Ransom Love, president and CEO of Linux vendor Caldera Systems Inc. in Orem, Utah."

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