3157125 submission Submission + - Linux's role in Microsoft's decline (linuxdevices.com) 1 Submitted by nerdyH on Thursday January 22, 2009 @09:16PM nerdyH writes: As early as last quarter, Microsoft admitted that Linux and netbooks were eating into its fat profits. Today, it came home, with the software giant announcing its first-ever layoffs. LinuxDevices interviewed Linux Foundation Director Jim Zemlin on Linux's role in Microsoft's misfortunes. Zemlin sums it up pretty well: "Companies can offer their own branded software platform based on Linux. If Microsoft is getting 75 percent margins, you would like some of that high-margin business, too."