"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..."