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IT Manager's Journal: Will Longhorn Become a Microsoft Linux Distro?

Jan 05, 2004, 17:00 (23 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Chris Gulker)

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"New Year's prediction: Longhorn will never ship, but Microsoft Linux will. Even if I'm wrong, it's clear that software development is headed for a new place, and the end game that most observers saw even five years ago--that MS would win it all--doesn't seem as likely on the eve of 2004. That said, Microsoft isn't going to go away, in this author's opinion.

"2003 was the year that Apache emerged the clear winner in the Web server wars, and enterprise Linux servers grew share at an impressive pace, even as Microsoft announced a flat quarter and seemed to be having trouble making its new pricing stick. Even the Linux desktop, much-derided in general media as market share hovered around 1%, found new life as major analysts predicted large governments and educational institutions would flock to Linux and open-source office productivity software in the course of the next five years..."

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