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NewsForge: Linux Desktop Under Attack, On the March

Feb 10, 2005, 18:15 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jay Lyman)

"In addition to the same old accusations of lack of familiarity, applications, and support, Linux on the desktop may be facing an attack against its one clear advantage--price. Microsoft may be willing to make deep price cuts to staunch a potential market outflow to Linux, according to Amy Wohl, a longtime software industry observer who presented a Linux desktop achievement report at the recent OSDL Enterprise Linux Summit in San Francisco.

"As she laid out the Linux landscape around the world--indicating developing nations with lower installed bases of computers were much riper for Linux desktop opportunities--Wohl cited the Munich, Germany, case, where Microsoft made the city's officials an offer that was hard to refuse after it seemed they were opting for open source

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