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... I think it would be a mistake to dismiss the possible significance of this difference from the various proprietary version of Unix. We need to
watch, not dismiss this Linux thing.

I think there is a misunderstanding among some posters here.
There is no enemy company that actually makes Linux. That was a threat M$ is used to. OK, there are Linux users who don´t like/hate MSFT but most of them that keep using it do this because they think it does what they need and if it doesn´t they make things better.
Thats kind of another "philosophy" than the usual consumer view on software/OS.

Linux won´t go bankrupt and can´t be bought or merged.

It is here to stay as long as people like to use it regardless how successful MS-Windows or whatever is.

MS can´t close it´s eyes and wait till Linux goes away.

On the other hand. Linux is no real threat to Windows 9x. At least not yet. I guess most PC users don´t like the idea of managing such a complex system. For many installing Windows is far beyond them.

What might happen ?

Windows 9x and CE will coninue sell good in the private sector and everywhere CE makes sense (like microwave ovens ´n stuff ;)

Linux could draw attention in the business world imposing competition against NT simply by beeing avaiable. And those companies will need software that runs on Linux. There is software but nothing from MSFT.

So MSFT could lose revenues not only by not selling the OS but in not selling databases, office and whatelse.
I guess Oracle, Informix, Sybase and Software AG don´t really care if their customers run their products on a Windows or Linux system.
And especially Stardivision will be very happy to offer
their StarOffice to Linux users w/o having to share the cake with MSFT.

... L
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