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[News] Why GNU/Linux is Worst Nightmare of Redmond's Mafia

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Microsoft's biggest threat: Linux

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| Now, here are some questions about these supposedly major-domo competitors to 
| Microsoft, and I'm sure, that you can easily guess the answers: 
| 1) What was it that made Google such a serious net platform player, with 
| enough power and flexibility to serve the world's Internet needs? 
| 2) What was it that made netbooks possible in the first place?
| 3) What gives netbook manufacturers enough leverage to screw Microsoft down 
| on OEM licence costs? 
| 4) What is it that makes products like Amazon's Kindle and hundreds of other 
| e-book, portable media and mobile Internet gadgets possible, all by eschewing 
| Microsoft's embedded OSes?  
| The answer of course, is Linux.
| Without Linux, there would be no Google. No startup could afford to
| build a platform on hundreds of thousands of servers which required
| either proprietary hardware (ie, Sun servers, circa 1998) or proprietary
| system software (ie, Microsoft's Windows Server.) Further, how
| comfortable would Google be in competing with Microsoft in the Internet 
| space, if Microsoft 'owned' its server platform, the basis of Google's 
| ongoing business?  


Recently, in a CNET interview about EMC, Ballmer again admitted that Linux is
the #1 threat to Microsoft. He said the same last year (link below).


Feeling the heat at Microsoft

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| If I ask you who is Microsoft's biggest competitor now, who would it be?  
| Ballmer: Open...Linux. I don't want to say open source. Linux, certainly have 
| to go with that. 

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