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PRNewswire: Microsoft's Breakup Could Trigger Tougher Competition in the Linux Market, IDC Says

Jun 27, 2000, 21:22 (10 Talkback[s])

"The remedies placed on Microsoft by Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson could be bad news for players in the Linux market. According to IDC, both desktop/personal productivity players and Linux hardware startups could face more competition if Judge Jackson's orders are not reversed."

"The first part of Judge Jackson's ruling orders Microsoft to split into two independent entities. "The most immediate impact of this split would be to free the applications business to make decisions related to market opportunities outside the Windows platform," said Dan Kusnetzky, vice president of IDC's System Software research. "As radical as it might seem today, the applications business could address the up-and-coming Linux client markets and could place energy into porting its server products over to the server operating environments, including Linux and Unix."

"IDC believes an independent Microsoft applications company could present a serious threat to desktop/personal productivity players in the Linux space -- including Corel, Applix, and even Sun Microsystems. In fact, Corel has already publicly acknowledged that a breakup of Microsoft would be worse than the existing structure."

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