Upside: Microsoft goes for Linux’s jugular

“When Myron Zimmerman talks, the phone line sounds clear. No
intermittent clicks or beeps hint that the line is tapped. There
are no giveaway signs of emotional or physical duress, no
background sounds of splashing feet awaiting the next jolt of
alternating current.”

“What you do hear are the fairly rational-sounding explanations
of a businessman trying to explain why VenturCom, a Cambridge,
Mass.-based software firm specializing in embedded systems
development, would choose to become a strategic partner with the
world’s most intimidating software company, Microsoft Corp.

“…I think with any complex piece of software, you’re going to
have scalability issues,” he says. “You just want to make sure that
the regression testing, the configuration change management has
been done. We know Microsoft is doing it. In the open source
community it’s not clear yet who’s doing it.”


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