December 10, 2003

Lindows Posing Bigger Threat to Microsoft

"Microsoft was once just a speck on IBM's horizon," says Yankee analyst Laura DiDio. "They are well aware of how a seemingly innocuous ... competitor
can come in and co-opt the market out from under an established vendor. They don't want that to happen to them." Yes, open source on the desktop has suddenly gained a bit of traction that did not seem
possible a year ago. But it is only traction, up to this point, and Microsoft has
not lost any market share.

What is interesting is that a desktop Linux OS -- such as Lindows -- was described as a long shot
not so long ago. And though the odds have gotten only slightly better, there is more sentiment that Windows might have to make some room for a rival
operating system.



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