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Microsoft, Xandros and Linspire market impact

What do you think of Microsoft's moves of creating further partnerships with smaller Linux vendors like Xandros and Linspire? Do you think they will overtake Linux and open source software? How do you think these partnerships will affect Microsoft?

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I am not sure who the 'they' is in your first question. Microsoft is under lots of pressure from customers to interoperate with Linux. I think the Xandos and Linspire deals allow Microsoft to fill out a roster of companies they've signed agreements with, but I don't think there will be signficant market impact due to the small size of the companies.

This was first published in July 2007

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