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Forbes: Why You Won't Be Getting A Linux PC

Jun 18, 2003, 20:30 (72 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lisa DiCarlo)

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Judging from the holy war being waged by proponents of Linux PCs, it's clear that Linux is becoming the OS/2 of its time.

"OS/2, many will recall, is the now-defunct PC operating system originally developed by IBM and Microsoft in the 1980s. By 1990, Microsoft split the project to focus on Windows, and IBM continued to develop OS/2 alone. For the next five years, IBM fought a losing battle that consumed the company, and OS/2 proponents (a very vocal, technical crowd) were never short on conspiracy theories about Microsoft's covert efforts to wipe out the operating system.

"Now, the same appears to be happening with Linux PCs. Despite Microsoft's overwhelming market share--somewhere north of 90%--there's an effort underfoot to make a dent in Windows with Linux PCs. And with that effort comes a return of the conspiracy theories..."

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