"If you privately with representatives from ISVs, you'll find
that they have been itching for ages to rally behind some platform
other than Windows. Microsoft has left such a long trail of dead
bodies that few ISVs remain in denial about the consequences of
promoting Windows as a dominant platform."
"They know that, given the opportunity, Microsoft always will
use Windows to put its competition out of business. The last
remaining hope for any ISV is that Microsoft will not consider it a
competitor. But as Microsoft expands into every conceivable market,
the chances of remaining out of the company's sights are slim to
"Advocates within the Linux circle would love to believe
that high-profile vendors are now rallying behind Linux because of
the benefits of open source and because Linux is such a
high-quality operating system."
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