MS on Linux

WinInfo is buzzing about this quote from an interview with one of Microsoft's higher-ups.
Linux is simply a fad that has been generated by the media and is destined to fall by the wayside in time. Windows 2000 will gradually overtake the Linux share in the server market. In fact, the advent of Linux has spurred Microsoft's developers to move up a gear. The arrival of new competitors in applications or operating systems development provides us at Microsoft with the driving force to create even better software products.
Now that IBM is behind them, Linux isn't looking to go away anytime soon. Saber rattling from Redmond must mean that the battle lines are being drawn.

Update: Veritas has passed along this rebuttal from IBM.

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