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Linux.com: Nicholas Petreley: Is Red Hat Really the Next Microsoft?

Dec 30, 1999, 19:39 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nicholas Petreley)

"I continue to sense a growing resentment over Red Hat's success and prominence in the Linux market. And when the griping starts, sooner or later someone suggests that Red Hat is trying to be the next Microsoft. I must confess that nothing seems more ludicrous to me than to paint Red Hat as another Microsoft."

"No doubt there are similarities. Both Red Hat and Microsoft are aggressive at developing partnerships. But so far Microsoft is alone in crushing its partners when it no longer has any use for them. Both Red Hat and Microsoft are excellent at marketing. But so far Microsoft alone deliberately uses marketing as a weapon to destroy its competition...."

"I don't mean to paint Red Hat as unique in this regard. All Linux vendors of which I am aware - even those that include proprietary software in their distributions - share the most important principles adopted by Red Hat, some more than others. This is indeed what worries me. It seems as if Red Hat is being singled out primarily because it is financially successful and receiving a lot of commercial attention."

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