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ZDNet News: Long live the OS wars

Nov 02, 2000, 18:53 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mary Jo Foley)

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"...When a Salon columnist dared wonder aloud if any self-identified "free software hackers" might possibly have been behind the Microsoft source code breach, he was charbroiled, but good."

"A Linux Today author joined in the speculation . What if any Windows code were to be discovered inside any open source software going forward? Samba Team leader Jeremy Allison pooh-poohs such a prospect, but in the days since The Wall Street Journal first reported the hack, lots of things have changed (including Microsoft's telling of its side of this story, but that's another column)."

"Think users are indifferent regarding whether it's Windows or Linux that they are running? If it's Windows Explorer or GNOME on their desktops? The near-simultaneous release on Halloween of Microsoft's next-generation Whistler beta and the near-final Linux 2.4 kernel beta showed just how much users do, in fact, obsess over which operating system is faster, cheaper, easier to use and slower to make it to the market."

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