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Wired: MS Exec: Linux Is Going Down

Jan 31, 2001, 16:55 (89 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michelle Delio)

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"Microsoft thinks Linux is doomed, and predicts that many Linux businesses will falter and fail before the end of the year. These are three key Linux trends to watch for in 2001: a static growth rate, lessening mainstream interest in the open source operating system, and a sharp decline in Linux-based companies' stock value, said Doug Miller, Microsoft's group product manager for competitive strategies."

"There really isn't much value in free," said Miller, who also contends that the latest release of the Linux kernel, 2.4, doesn't have the features required for widespread business use. "And the recent security problems with Linux, coupled with the lack of key enterprise elements in the new kernel, really call into question whether Linux should be used at all," Miller added."

"Lately, Microsoft has vacillated between dismissing Linux entirely and seeing it as a vast and looming threat on the competitive landscape."

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