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Linux's Lesson

In the end, Mr. Ballmer is entitled to tout the virtues of Windows over Linux, but I don't think anyone is really interested in listening to that same old tired record ("Microsoft And Its Blind Spot: Linux," Nov. 1). Linux just keeps getting better. It's pervasive, compelling, and isn't going anywhere anytime soon. Neither is Windows.

Microsoft would be wise to embrace Linux just as it has embraced Sun. Don't forget it was Microsoft that came to dominate the mid-server space by embracing standards and connecting to "everything up to two cups on a string."

Perhaps this is yet another example of what George Bernard Shaw meant when he said, "Those who learn from history are prone to ignore it."

Fred Anson
Lake Forest, Calif.


Bailing Out

It would certainly be nice if Microsoft ever showed any concern for anyone but itself. It would approach being a minor miracle if it ever tried to do anything except destroy any and all competition.

I'm strongly invested in Windows software, but I enjoy every advance by Linux and look forward to the time I can jump the Microsoft ship.

Jack Lanham
Wichita Falls, Texas


Evidence Isn't In

After reading "Outsourcing Has A Place In Business," I had the feeling that you just don't get it (Oct. 25). You say that companies are prospering from the successful deployment of offshore outsourcing, but the evidence isn't really in.

I say this as one who has experienced firsthand using outsourced talent here in the United States. There are cultural differences and understanding differences. Assumptions made by people writing the specifications are different from those writing the code. If we have that problem here when we do projects in-house, why shouldn't we have this problem when we offshore?

Rich Egan
Partner, Enhanced Professional Services
Pequannock, N.J.

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