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Jun 28, 1999, 00:11 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John D. Ruley)

Thanks to Doug Bostrom for this link.

"Recently, I attended the first eBusines Expo show, in San Jose, CA. I was invited to speak on a panel to discuss 'Platforms of the Future--Which will Win and Why'. Besides me, the panel included the president of a company that sells systems preconfigured with Linux, a Microsoft product manager, and a vice president from a large consulting firm that supports NT, Linux, and other systems--basically whatever the company wants. It turned out to be an interesting experience."

"Early in the session, our Linux panelist asked for a show of hands: How many people in the room were running Linux? It turned out to be a respectable 10% or so. He expanded on that to ask how many people were planning to look at it, interested in it, and got that up to maybe a third of the hands in the room. When my turn came, I thought it might be nice to expand that to other operating systems, so I asked for a show of hands of people running NT. Almost every hand in the room went up (including some, though certainly not all, of the people running Linux)! I asked how many people had gotten a look at Win2000 beta-3, and got a similar response to the number of folks who said they were running Linux. That left me a mite curious, so I asked for a show of hands of how many people were running something other than NT or Linux."

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