Microsoft team to evaluate Linux as rival

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.

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