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Linley Group: Breaking Up Microsoft Benefits All

Jan 17, 2000, 06:57 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Linley Gwennap)

"Today's best hope for a Windows competitor is Linux. This open-source operating system has far fewer lines of code than Windows and, not coincidentally, is far more reliable. It has no ugly DOS-compatible appendages. Linux also has no support for Microsoft applications and, as public enemy number one in Redmond, it never will unless the government takes action."

"I believe the only reason PC users put up with the shortcomings of Windows is that vital applications such as Microsoft Office are available only on Windows PCs."

"If Microsoft's application group were an independent company, what would its primary strategy be? Dominate its markets by offering its products on all significant platforms. Porting Office to Linux makes all the sense in the world once Windows is removed from the equation."

"If Windows continues to dominate the PC market, further restrictions might be required. But if the combination of Microsoft applications and Linux offers strong competition for Windows, little government oversight will be needed. After taking the radical step of breaking up Microsoft, the government can let free-market forces take over."

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