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AP/The Olympian: As Linux Advances, Microsoft Alters Message to Customers

Dec 20, 2002, 14:30 (46 Talkback[s])
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"As businesses increasingly adopt Linux as the operating system on their computer servers, Microsoft is shifting the battleground from schoolyard insults or techy speak to corporate notions of 'business value.'

"'There has been a lot of debate in the Linux space that has been focused on the emotion and focused on the technology,' said Peter Houston, senior director of server strategy for Microsoft.

"It's the latest turn in the Microsoft versus Linux battle that has the world's largest software company squaring off against a technology that is more political statement than commercial competitor. While Microsoft is a single corporation, Linux is more difficult to pin down, opens its underlying source code to the programming community-at-large for improvements and allows users to download the software for free--a stark contrast to the zealously guarded code that underlies Microsoft's Windows operating system software..."

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