Microsoft team to evaluate Linux as rival
- — 24 May, 1999 21:49
Microsoft is setting aside some troops to fight a war with Linux.
The Windows software giant has created a team of about one dozen marketing and technology draftees who will be devoted to evaluating Linux's free, open-source operating system, according to a company representative.
Microsoft took a similar competitive step two years ago when it created a team to counter Sun Microsystems' Java technology.
Proof of Microsoft's interest in Linux first surfaced in late 1998, when a company engineer's research on the operating system -- the so-called "Halloween Papers" -- was leaked to the press.