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CNET News: Can Linux Duck the Redmond Death Ray?

Aug 20, 2002, 04:00 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Charles Cooper)

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"Stuck in a corner of San Francisco's Moscone Center, Microsoft's contingent at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo resembled more a band of spies than an army ready for battle.

"This was Microsoft's first official attendance at a Linux convention--an appearance that spoke volumes about the company's debate over how to best respond to the 'Penguinista' challenge. This is the same company, remember, whose senior execs have long treated the open-source movement with thinly veiled distrust, if not open contempt.

"Yet at the same time, Microsoft understands that Linux may be the biggest threat to its domination of the desktop since Janet Reno and her legions at the Justice Department. Some Redmond insiders would love to crush Linux, but it's way too late for that. And so it becomes all the more important to engage the Linux community--if not co-opt it..."

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