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Rediff.com: Unix's Revenge

May 04, 2004, 02:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rajeev Srinivasan)

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"I was personally rather astonished to hear that Sun Microsystems and Microsoft had buried the hatchet in their long running war of words. This startled me, because I had become used to Sun being the only holdout in a world where Microsoft makes the rules. So apparently the Silicon Valley maverick has been defeated and forced to compromise with the giant from Redmond, Washington.

"This is a little sad if you are one of those people who root for the underdog. I confess to being inspired by the fabulous '1984' ad by Apple that announced the arrival of the Macintosh, the white knight that would do battle against the gray hordes of the (then) Big Brother and Darth Vader, namely IBM. Of course, IBM has become over time the respected and dignified elder statesman in the industry, but at that time, its tactics of FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) factor terrorised all competitors..."

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