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Upside: Microsoft goes for Linux's jugular

May 10, 2000, 11:16 (30 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Williams)

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"When Myron Zimmerman talks, the phone line sounds clear. No intermittent clicks or beeps hint that the line is tapped. There are no giveaway signs of emotional or physical duress, no background sounds of splashing feet awaiting the next jolt of alternating current."

"What you do hear are the fairly rational-sounding explanations of a businessman trying to explain why VenturCom, a Cambridge, Mass.-based software firm specializing in embedded systems development, would choose to become a strategic partner with the world's most intimidating software company, Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)."

"...I think with any complex piece of software, you're going to have scalability issues," he says. "You just want to make sure that the regression testing, the configuration change management has been done. We know Microsoft is doing it. In the open source community it's not clear yet who's doing it."

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