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Linux feature following MS break-up news on German TV

Jun 07, 2000, 22:24 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Case Roole)

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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 industry.