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CNET News.com: Red Hat founder: Microsoft isn't Net-ready

Jun 14, 2000, 01:29 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Kanellos)

"Although Microsoft is an immensely profitable institution, the company will find it difficult to adapt to Internet computing because of the way it is structured, Young said during speeches and interviews at the 2000 World Congress on Information Technology here. ... Young and other insiders argue that Microsoft's industry dominance is more likely to be undone by market forces and technological changes than by the recent antitrust ruling."

"Customers already have seen the benefits [of] open-source software, which allows people to freely modify and redistribute underlying code, and they will begin to recoil against how Microsoft maintains control over the source code for Windows, Young said. ... Microsoft... could retool to become a services company, but the effort would require "a massive re-engineering of their company. They would have to walk away from all of their royalties first and then build a services company. I am not sure their stockholders would tolerate that," Young added."

"The benefit we deliver is control to the customer," he said. "I've seen three great shifts in this industry. The first was the mini-computer revolution. The second was the PC revolution. Then came the Internet. The open-source movement is the fourth great shift."

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