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A very senior and, she insisted, still very feminine source at the Object Management Group said today that a story in tabloid newspaper The Register has prompted a rethink about its Linux strategy. She said that the OMG stood by the original story, and the fact that a press release was issued by the US operation was still a nonsense. It was and is a mistake, she said, because Corba and Linux make no financial sense. There will be a high level meeting this weekend to investigate why the press release was ever issued, she said. Meanwhile, nonsense emails from members of the Linux “community” continued to roll in. Some were sensible while others were just plain risible. One person, with a Sun email address, described the original story as “breathless” and said that The Register was like ZD Net. This astonished us here... And a person working for Cyrix who calls himself Sengan, delivered an interesting email saying "Que, what does this article mean?" The Register now suspects -- call us paranoid if you like -- that Linux and NatSemi-Cyrix are closer than we ever thought -- or even imagined. To protect the identity of the original source, we have to point out that we are an independent organisation and have no relationship, whatever, with Ziff Davis, Microsoft or Intel (or for that matter AMD). Nor are we interested any more in wild emails from Linux fanatics... On the other hand, perhaps we’re breathless at The Register because we smoke too many cigarettes… ® Click here for more fags and tabs

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