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Globe and Mail: Downturn, Microsoft policy may boost Linux system

Sep 03, 2001, 17:27 (20 Talkback[s])

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"The economic downturn, combined with Microsoft Corp.'s new, more hard-nosed licensing policies for its software, may be creating a new opening for Linux and other upstart computer operating systems, analysts say.

As the recent economic slump puts new pressure on corporate budgets, Microsoft is doing everything it can -- including raising its prices on some software licences -- to ensure its sales don't fall flat.

Carl Howe, an analyst with Forrester Research Inc. of Cambridge, Mass., says the two developments have combined to spur more users to switch to Linux and other so-called "open-source" operating systems.

'It's actually getting a toehold in this economic environment. The world has changed since last year.'"

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