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Reuters: Gates Woos Indian Techies, Dismisses Linux Threat

Nov 13, 2002, 14:30 (31 Talkback[s])

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"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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