> LINUX PROMOTER VIEWED AS 'SKUNK IN THE ROOM' BY FEARFUL PC MAKERS > The chief technology officer of Red Hat, a company that sells a version > of the Linux operating system, told a federal court hearing the > Microsoft antitrust case that executives of manufacturers such as > Compaq, IBM, and Dell were so fearful of retaliation from Microsoft that > they treated him as though "a skunk had come into the room" when he > approached them about putting Linux software on their PCs. "As the > representative of the only competitor in the domain in which Microsoft > remains all powerful, I have often felt, more than the Maytag repairman, > that I have the loneliest job in town." Although Microsoft licenses a > version of its Office software that runs on the Apple operating systems, > a Microsoft spokesman said that his company sees "no great demand" for > Office on Linux, and that the engineering cost of making a Linux version > of Office would not provide a sufficient return on investment to justify > the expense. (Washington Post 25 Mar 2002) > http://washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A11835-2002Mar24.html Mm, poor investment indeed. Not having access to M$ Office is probably the single largest thing keeping linux off of corporate desktops. John -- # John Madden weez@xxxxxxxxxxxxx ICQ: 2EB9EA # FreeLists, Free mailing lists for all: http://www.freelists.org # UNIX Systems Engineer, Ivy Tech State College: http://www.ivy.tec.in.us # Linux, Apache, Perl and C: All the best things in life are free!