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Linux on the Desktop Is Good For Redmond, Argues Microsoftee

Linux on the Desktop Is Good For Redmond, Argues Microsoftee

At the LinuxUser & Developer Expo in London, Microsoft's "national system engineer," Bradley Tipp, has been addressing the Linux faithful and welcoming the challenge to Redmond's desktop supremacy as the momentum behind Linux on the desktop gathers.

"The thing I like," Tipp says, "is that Microsoft does its best work and is most innovative when it has competition, so bring it on."

Tipp argues that the better Linux on the desktop begins to perform, the better Microsoft will in response make its own desktop offering.

Another speaker at the conference, director of Linux business office at Novell, Matt Asay, took up this theme, saying that it was precisely the lack of alternative desktop operating systems till now that had given Microsoft so little incentive to improve its software range.

"There's probably not real competition on the desktop today. In a year, or two years, we'll see frantic competition," Asay is reported to have said.

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