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LinuxWorld: Microsoft loses antitrust case; What it all means to Linux

Apr 05, 2000, 02:30 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)

"The Conclusions of Law are another click of a gear, another step towards the day when the operating system marketplace will be more competitive and innovative than ever before. When that day comes, it will be good not just for Linux but for OS/2, BeOS, BSD, and all the other alternative operating systems. Eventually you will be able to walk into a computer retail outlet and find, as a matter of routine, hardware from major OEMs with operating systems other than Windows preloaded."

"Eventually, the day will come when the software industry will enjoy increased innovation as the stifling affects of Microsoft's predatory business practices are removed. Consumers will benefit from new competition in a market that has been mostly devoid of it since the IBM PC was first offered back in the early 1980s. We will all see lower prices and better products as a result."

"Regardless of the eventual outcome or the length of the legal process, Linux has proven that it can gain market share in the server space faster than Microsoft, even with Microsoft's unregulated monopoly in place."

"Can Linux do the same in the desktop space? I don't believe that it can, at least not until the market is truly open to competition. But Linux can and will continue to expand in server the market, with or without justice being done in a timely manner in the Microsoft case. Linux has been doing the impossible for a while, and carving out a bigger and bigger slice of the pie for itself based on its growing utility and popularity. When the day comes that the playing field is level, Linux will be there waiting, stronger than ever."

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