Surely, it is not news that German television had a feature on
Judge Jackson's decision to break up Microsoft. It was just another
item with a correspondent-live-from-Washington, comparisons with
Standard Oil and AT&T and the usual spectrum of opinions.
What was special, however, is that the MS break-up item was
followed-up by a Linux feature. Here, Linux was given the special
position of providing the one market threat to Microsoft's dominant
position. The feature contained short interviews with Ralph
Kleber, the system administrator for the Berliner
Tageszeitung, who set up a redaction system with Linux
desktops, resulting in this newspaper being made in a
Microsoft-free way; an interview with someone from
Illuminate, a three-year old company with 70 employees
selling Linux support with emphasis on file-, print- and
mailservers (hey, that's what they told me at the "Wizards of OS"
conference in Berlin last year - where above mentioned Ralph Kleber
held a lecture too); and someone from the SPD who I think was an
official of the department of economy and technology, who explained
that open source may provide Europe with an opportunity to resist
the monoculture that is presently ruling the software
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