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SJ Mercury/Reuters: Microsoft breakup proposal may be boon to Linux

Apr 30, 2000, 07:07 (7 Talkback[s])

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"A proposal by the U.S. government to split software behemoth Microsoft Corp. into two companies could ultimately encourage more innovation in Silicon Valley and will likely be a boon to the upstart Linux operating system, industry executives said Friday...."

"Many companies developing products around the renegade Linux operating system said a possible breakup of the software giant would be a boon to Linux, which has already been making inroads against Microsoft's Windows NT software in network servers running Web sites and email servers...."

"I think that separating the company into an applications piece and an operating systems piece though, could significantly accelerate that, particularly since the applications piece of the company would have a strong economic incentive to port Office to Linux," Augustin said. "If Microsoft Office ran on Linux immediately we would see Linux with a 10-15 percent share of the desktop operating system market," he added."

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