The Register: SuSE 8.1 Illustrates MS’ Fear

[ Thanks to Jason
for this link. ]

“Anyone wondering why MS execs Steve Ballmer and Brian Valentine
are so bent out of shape about Linux should check out SuSE’s most
recent distro, 8.1, for insight. For a desktop PC or small-biz
network it’s already miles ahead of Win98-SE and ME and closing
fast on XP for ease of installation and use by first-timers.

“The user experience is so close to XP now that one can expect
it to surpass it in the next edition or the one following. Now add
to that Linux’s resistance to viruses, the comparative speed with
which open-source security bugs get fixed, the wealth of free
applications included, and the GPL enlightenment that allows you to
install it on as many machines as you please and upgrade it free of
charge on your own, and you can see why MS is feeling the heat
around the corner and not taking it terribly well…”


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