"Recently I had the opportunity to meet with Jim Allchin,
Microsoft's group vice president in charge of platforms, to talk
about the future of Windows. As it turned out, however, what he has
to say about Linux is equally interesting.
"Microsoft gave up pretending that Linux isn't a threat to its
Windows server business a long time ago. But when the soft-spoken
Allchin first brought up the server market during our conversation
that afternoon, he dropped the L-word with such candor that I was
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