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Feb 19, 2000, 02:29 (4 Talkback[s])
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"With Linux banners flying high in the sky nearby, Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates unveiled Microsoft's Windows 2000 operating system for businesses Thursday."

"Windows 2000 is Microsoft's most ambitious and important product release in years, competing with the Unix and Linux operating systems on servers and desktop computers."

"``It's a huge milestone for Microsoft and the industry,'' said Gates in a keynote address at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. ``We're taking the richness of business in the pre-digital world and moving it to the Internet.''"

"The Redmond, Wash.-based software giant launched the new operating system -- the basic software that runs computers -- in the home of many of its fiercest competitors, such as Sun Microsystems Inc."

"Several blocks away, Linux vendors TurboLinux and IntraLinux flew banner ads above the Moscone Convention Center, where the Windows 2000 Conference & Expo was held. And outside Moscone, a Linux fan dressed as a penguin, the operating system's symbol, greeted people entering and exiting the center."

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