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Nov 10, 2000, 09:38 (3 Talkback[s])
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"It's deliciously ironic. While Microsoft, the world's largest software company, continues to be viewed by the business community as the very epitome of modern capitalism, it has a genetic aversion to any form of competition. Meanwhile, over in the Linux world, which many pin stripe suits seem to regard as a form of techno-communism, there are Darwinian battles of almost titanic proportions between genuine competitors."

"If one were to take notice of all those gushing stories written in mainstream business publications, one could come away with the impression that the captains of industry actually think monopolistic control of the software market is a good thing."

"By the same token, if you accept what the mainstream technology press's coverage of events in the world of Linux desktops, you might walk away with the impression that competition is definitely a bad thing. Worse, you might actually be worrying that there's some kind of split coming in the Linux camp that will echo those schisms that saw commercial Unix wither in the face of Microsoft's united front."

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