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OSDL CEO: Microsoft has to accept Linux

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Linux is an enterprise player, and customer demand will force Microsoft to make its products interoperate with Linux, says Stuart Cohen, CEO of Open Source Development Labs (OSDL), an organization that fosters the development and adoption of Linux.

OSDL recently rejected Microsoft's request for an independent study comparing Linux to Windows. Cohen believes Linux technology is much better than Windows, but he and others at OSDL believe that Linux-Windows interoperability, rather than war with Microsoft, is the way to go.

"Linux is legally sound, provides bottom-line business value and technical superiority," Cohen said, in an interview with SearchEnterpriseLinux.com. He also talked about the new technologies coming in the new release of the Linux 2.6 kernel, virtualization and Linux, and the worldwide rapid rate of adoption of Linux 2.6.

Much is made of the "battle" between Microsoft and Linux. What's real and what's fiction?

Cohen: The reality is that Microsoft customers are also Linux users. The Global 2000 are running thousands of servers using both Windows and Linux. With Linux servers [placements] growing faster than Windows, the need for interoperability will become increasingly important. Because Microsoft listens to its customers, we expect it will look at effective ways to work with Linux and improve interoperability between the operating systems.

Can you shed some light on the controversy surrounding that Microsoft funded Linux vs. Windows study?

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