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CNET News: Gates on Vista, Linux and More

Nov 17, 2006, 17:30 (13 Talkback[s])
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"With Vista and Office, probably two of the largest examples of commercial software are both coming out; at the same time, Microsoft announced a deal with Novell around open source. Has your thinking evolved? What role do you see open-source development playing, beyond the fact that customers are asking for it?

"Gates: Well, there are many issues here. One is that UNIX has had a market share on servers for decades, and there's always been a lot of variety. Under that label--Linux--there's an immense amount of variety. But, in general, Linux is not nearly as high-volume as Windows is on servers. But (it's) significant, so customers want new kinds of interoperability..."

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