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Freedom of choice key to Linux

In response to the Jan. 24 Perspectives column by Charles Cooper, "The bite of the penguin":

An interesting piece, but what you fail to point out is that the rise of Linux would have been less significant, or impossible, if the major PC vendors, most especially Dell Computer and IBM, had been unable to ship the OS on their servers. That, as you will recall, was the business reality before the charges were filed.

Giving PC vendors the right to ship the OS of their choice, was the single largest "remedy" and, as you point out, it allowed competition in the OS market.

Jim Redman
Los Alamos, N.M.