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Oct 05, 2000, 07:54 (19 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Evan Leibovitch)

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"Apple's stock price, at the time I write this, is 18 percent lower than it was after Redmond's 1997 injection of $150M (it jumped 33 percent to $26.31 on the day of the investment). And, as most of you know, it's less than half its value of a week ago. So, despite Microsoft's help, its money and all sorts of new products and hype, Apple really has gone nowhere fast."

"Looking at Apple through Linux-tinted glasses, it's difficult to see any turnaround in sight. While I certainly don't expect Apple to tank any time soon, I would suggest that the company has its best days behind it and that it will remain a strong niche player, but that's all. A large part of the reason for that has come in the form of two different issues, both related to open source."

"First, there's the direct assault, with IDC reporting that Linux is on a pace to overtake the Mac within two years. While most readers were diverted by IDC's server numbers -- in which Linux is predicted to outpace everything else -- Linux's client numbers are not to be ignored. It's currently just a single percentage point behind the Mac in installed base, and that's just counting sales. Imagine how different the numbers might be if you consider the fact that Linux CDs can be freely passed around and used on multiple systems!"

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