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"In the Middle of Difficulty Lies Opportunity"

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Today's surprising news of 5,000 Microsoft jobs cut might be good news or bad for Linux, depending on how you look at it.

Microsoft's stock had already dropped 8 percent at the time of this writing, by posting a profit of just 47 cents per share, under the projected 49 cents.

As a Linux advocate, it's very easy to sit here and start spouting off that this is what Microsoft deserves, after running big and bloated for so long. Particularly when the company "blamed the weakness of the PC market and the popularity of low-cost netbook computers for the miss," according to this CNBC/Reuters report.

Netbooks, I wrote a couple of days ago on another blog, will likely be the battlefield on which the next round of the OS wars will be fought. Turns out I was more prophetic (no pun intended) than I expected. Microsoft's admission that they missed the netbooks market is also a tacit admission that they also underestimated Linux, since it was Linux that got the big start on the mobile Internet device platforms.

So yes, it's easy to crow a bit.

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