"I pity RealPlayer developers and all the other people
who have put their energy into commercial multimedia software for
Windows, because Microsoft is including utilities in Windows XP
that is going to make it hard for "outside" multimedia software to
maintain market share among Windows users. This can't happen in
Linux, because the chance of any commercial software being included
in the Linux kernel is exactly zero.
Since Microsoft seems bent on adding more applications to its
operating system in every version, it may now be better business
for small developers to start making commercial software for Linux
instead of concentrating on Windows applications.
About five years ago I was chatting with a gentleman who ran a
small mapping software company. His products had a faster and more
useful search utility, and displayed faster, than any other map
software I had ever seen. His company was selling this software
only to large companies and government agencies."