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CNET News: Red Hat Accuses Sun of Microsoft Tactics

Jun 09, 2002, 03:55 (42 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

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"Last year, Red Hat CEO Matthew Szulik thought Sun Microsystems' open source-based alternative to Microsoft's widely used Office software would encourage broader use of the Linux operating system on desktops and perhaps loosen the iron grip of Windows.

"But Szulik abandoned those hopes when Sun started charging for its StarOffice product and changed its way of dealing with the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), such as Red Hat, which can bundle it with their own offerings. Szulik accused Sun of adopting the domineering methods of mutual enemy Microsoft.

"Sun, Szulik said in an interview this week, 'put the price tag on it and took the Microsoft approach with the OEMs...'"

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