"Analysts say Microsoft could get hit if 'open-source' Linux
turns popular with cost-efficient Indian developers. Indian
officials say they will grow to 1.3 million from 400,000 now in
four years, making them the world's biggest software army.
"But Gates dismissed fears of Windows being hit by Linux, saying
Linux, not owned by any company, could raise costs from maintenance
that requires more support workers.
"'There has always been free software going back 20 years but
the success of the Windows platform has come from the overall
richness of the platform,' Gates told reporters..."
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