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Dataquest: "Naturally we know it's (Linux) on the server." [Interview with MS Senior VP]

May 22, 2000, 13:38 (7 Talkback[s])

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"...OEMs still continue to ship a lot of PCs with Windows on it. And I think, here you need to differentiate a little bit on what and where Linux may be attractive, and what and where it may not. What we are seeing is that on traditional PC desktops, there is no Linux, there is Windows and Windows applications. I have not seen a lot of people write a lot about it. But we are definitely seeing Linux activity on the server. And this has been there for last 3-4 years."

"Then we are also seeing some Linux activity in devices other than the PC-on small compactors and little gadgets. But the environment there is so entrepreneurial and undefined, that you don?t know what is going to succeed. Oracle, for the last 4-5 years, has been talking about internet access devices taking over the computing world and PCs becoming extinct. They have in fact also come up with Linux solutions for these devices. But consumers are disappointing them, as they still want to buy PCs for a long time, since it enables them to do many things that they can?t do otherwise. And a lot of these devices depend heavily on high bandwidth network. Here again, countries like India still have sometime to go before they can really reach some where. I see some activity on the development side on small devices, but not PC devices. And naturally, we know it's there on the server."

"...I believe if 64-bit Linux is actually done, it has to be a lot of Intel alliance not of OEM side, sure though it will be there. And again, in the end it depends what's the better product, we are actually pretty confident that we can drive successfully there. Again, you have to have a crystal ball, but what we have seen so far will be the acceptance of Windows 2000 in the market particularly on the server side."

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