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Enterprise Unix Roundup: Gates' Move Means Little

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This being a Unix column, we can often dismiss what goes on in the Windows space with a sniffy, "not our kind, dear." But the latest seismic shift on the other side of the OS tracks has many a Unix pundit ... verklempt.

We, however, are more rational beings. No, we don't think Bill Gates' decision to step down as chief software architect at Microsoft will result in a mass migration to the Linux desktop. Nor do we think it's Unix's golden opportunity to relive its glory days.

Lest you attribute our tempered reaction to a liking for the "software behemoth," bear in mind that we had a similar reaction to Sun CEO Scott McNealy's passing of the baton to then COO Jonathan Schwartz.

And like McNealy, Gates is not completely stepping down.

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