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Gates on Chrome OS: Nothing to See Here. Move Along…

Published on July 15, 2009
by John Paczkowski

gates_chromeMicrosoft (MSFT) chairman Bill Gates is finally having his say on Google’s (GOOG) wonderfully overblown Chrome OS announcement.

His take: It’s just another Linux distro.

“There’s many, many forms of Linux operating systems out there and packaged in different ways and booted in different ways,” Gates told News.com’s Ina Fried. “In some ways, I am surprised people are acting like there’s something new. I mean, you’ve got Android running on Netbooks. It’s got a browser in it.”

And, you know, the man’s got a point. The emperor has no clothes. Or if it does, it’s an old “Linux: Live Free or Die” t-shirt.

Gates’s remarks follow similar comments from Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who yesterday said he’s not quite sure what the big deal about Chrome is either.

“Who knows what that thing is,” he said.

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