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CNET News: Dreams of Longhorn

May 21, 2004, 18:00 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mike Ricciuti, Martin LaMonica)

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"Q: What's Microsoft's latest thinking on Linux? The market has changed a bit in the past few years, with some consolidation. But companies continue to install Linux on servers. How does Microsoft approach that problem?

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