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Washington Post: Makers of PCs Fear Wrath Of Microsoft

Mar 25, 2002, 16:01 (39 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jonathin Krim)

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"Many computer makers are so fearful of possible retaliation from Microsoft Corp. that they have refused to even discuss configuring machines with a competing operating system known as Linux, according to testimony of an executive of Red Hat Inc., a Linux provider.

"In written testimony as part of ongoing federal court hearings into how Microsoft should be sanctioned for breaking antitrust laws, Red Hat's chief technology officer said 'it was as if a skunk had come into the room' when he would approach computer manufacturers such as Compaq Computer Corp., International Business Machines Corp. and Dell Computer Corp. about carrying Linux on personal computers..."

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