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| The looming release of the next major upgrade to Microsoft's flagship
| Windows operating system, Windows Vista, is encouraging an unlikely
| group of users -- fans of rival software Linux.
| The Eclipse Foundation, a tech consortium pushing open-source software
| to develop new software programs, is betting that the transition to
| Vista will boost the appeal of its so-called rich-client platform.
| The platform is designed to make it easier to write software that
| runs equally well on Windows, Linux and other operating systems.