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USA Today: Microsoft memo to staff: Clobber Linux

Jan 04, 2002, 16:35 (76 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Byron Acohido)

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"Microsoft declines to comment on Valentine's call to arms. The software giant considers his rallying cry simply being proactive in the marketplace, says a source familiar with the matter. But the memo has been a hot topic in industry circles, and some observers say it could ultimately backfire.

Unlike others Microsoft has vanquished, Linux is more a grass-roots religion than a vulnerable corporate target. While Microsoft jealously guards its core software code, Linux code is open and continually improved by thousands of top programmers around the world who believe software should benefit society.

...Some think Microsoft should likewise embrace Linux. But Valentine's memo suggests Microsoft is resorting to old tactics at the risk of giving Linux a bigger forum to tout its success stories, says Dan Kusnetzky, an analyst with research firm IDC."

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