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Reuters: Silicon Valley cheers Microsoft ruling

Nov 06, 1999, 20:22 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Duncan Martell)

"Entrepreneurs, start-ups and high-technology veterans in Silicon Valley cheered a federal judge's ruling on Friday that software juggernaut Microsoft Corp. wields monopoly power and used it to cripple competing firms.

"It's a big day for the whole industry," said James Barksdale, the former chief executive of Netscape Communications Corp...."

"The fact that Microsoft holds a monopoly for desktop operating systems is painfully obvious to anyone in this industry," said Bob Young, chief executive of Durham, N.C.-based Red Hat Inc., the largest distributor of the Linux operating system --an upstart rival to Microsoft's Windows."

"... Jackson's 207-page finding of facts in the trial that began just over a year ago, will embolden potential rivals to develop and sell products that are best for their customers rather than those that are least likely to raise the ire of Microsoft, industry executives said."

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