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Ex-Microsoftie Now Linux Wonk

Keith Curtis had a pretty good gig at Microsoft Research, an organization I have incredible respect for. In fact, few know just how much this group does to tackle the world's biggest problems.

Now Curtis is a software advocate, much like the folks at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. In his case, Curtis is pushing Linux on the desktop. In fact, he thinks Microsoft should dump Windows clients and do its own version of Linux.

Here's my view: I like competition and choice. Windows, the Mac and Linux are all in the desktop game. Why give up one of these choices? And as much as Linux stands out on servers, it's going nowhere fast on the desktop. My advice to the Linux camp? Get serious about the desktop and come up with one solid, easy-to-use version. Microsoft should stick with Windows.

Who's right, Curtis or Barney? Vote at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 11/11/2009 at 1:17 PM


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