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ZDNet: Microsoft to Buy Red Hat? Say It Ain't So

May 17, 2005, 02:30 (17 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Murphy)

"In Paris, Ontario, there's a large plaza sign advertising both The Paris Sleep Laboratory and the Canadian Post Office. The synergy there, of course, should be obvious --at least from the point of view of the humorist. Recent revivals of the idea that Microsoft might want to take over Red Hat have a similar quality to them.

"As David Berlind recently pointed out in his piece Is Microsoft considering acquisition of Red Hat? Microsoft could see Red Hat's acquisition as a nice way to undermine IBM, but might not consider that a sufficient reason to do it. That, of course, is Microsoft's perspective, but what about Red Hat's? This is a company, remember, that wants to be Microsoft and, like Microsoft, makes its living packaging and selling other people’s ideas.

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