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ComputerWorld: Microsoft VP opens Comdex with Win 2000 demos, Linux jokes

Apr 18, 2000, 21:30 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dominique Deckmyn)

"Tod Nielsen, vice president of Microsoft Corp.'s platform group, opened Comdex/Spring in Chicago this morning with a relaxed, upbeat keynote that extolled the virtues of Windows 2000, hinted at the forthcoming Next Generation Windows Services and joked about Linux."

"If the keynote made anything clear about Microsoft's strategy, it was that the company is focused on Linux as a competitor. Nielsen made several jokes at the expense of the Linux community."

"Nielsen described how Microsoft solicited the unwitting help of Linux fans in security-testing Windows 2000 operating as a Web server. He said Microsoft posted a message on a Linux bulletin board that said a Windows 2000 Web server was active, which resulted in thousands of Linux fans attempting to crash the system. Then the attacks ceased when one Linux proponent suggested that they were actually helping Microsoft, claimed Nielsen. But the Linux community resumed its attacks after Microsoft posted a second, taunting message that said the Windows 2000 Web server had been up without interruption for three days."

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