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Linux.com: Headed for a Breakup

May 31, 2000, 12:40 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Michie)

"After recently being declared a monopoly, Microsoft is quickly headed for a breakup. The judge in the case even went as far as to ask the Department of Justice to prepare briefs on splitting the company into three pieces. It seems that regardless of which lines Microsoft gets broken into, Microsoft Office will be one of the mini-Microsofts. Assuming the process isn't bogged down in appeals courts for the next ten years, what does this mean for Linux aficionados?"

"Most seem to immediately assume that when Office is no longer exclusively tied to Windows, a Linux port will be forthcoming. After all, there already is a Macintosh port. With Linux gaining market share at a rapid rate, it might make sense for this splinter company to port their wares into a growing market."

"If we ignore the business equations and the technical hurdles the mini-Microsoft would face getting a Linux box on the shelf, is having Office running on our desktop good for our OS? Linux has garnered its successes from living in a completely open source environment. In fact, the GNOME desktop was started partially because KDE's QT libraries were initially not open source compliant. It was recognized that having a closed desktop would not be beneficial."

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