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Upside: Open source uncertainty over Microsoft-Corel; MS planning to buy Red Hat next?

Oct 05, 2000, 20:42 (17 Talkback[s])
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"Although many observers downplayed the impact on Linux following the Monday announcement, some, including Axxel Knutson, chief executive officer of tradingweapon.com, a New Jersey-based office of First Allied Securities, see the Redmond-based giant trying to turn itself around. "I think Microsoft is interested in Linux," said Knutson, who speculated on future Microsoft moves in the Linux arena, including a possible acquisition of top Linux distributor Red Hat (RHAT)."

"I think Red Hat is certainly a candidate," he said. "I would hope that didn't happen, but if I was Microsoft I'd get the checkbook out. They're going to have to do something or risk getting left in the dust."

"Other analysts disagree, however. Stacey Quandt, Linux analyst for Giga Information Group, issued a written summary of the deal... Looking at the deal from the Linux community perspective, Quandt sees little for established Linux players to worry about. "I don't look at this as Microsoft having a Linux strategy," said Quandt. "I think Microsoft has too much of a commitment to its current OS to pursue a bifurcated operating system strategy."

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