"But RealNetworks' biggest competitor also turned out to be
Microsoft, which seemed determined to dominate streaming media the
same way it dominated operating systems, office suites and other
"And meanwhile the marketplace came up with its own indomitable
developments. On the server side there was Linux. On the client
side there was massive peer-to-peer .MP3 file sharing. Connecting
two were a growing number of cheap or free MP3 streaming systems,
many of them running on Linux.
"So RealNetworks faced a choice: Bow to Microsoft, or side with
the geeks who were busy transforming the marketplace underneath
"Real went with the geeks, and now streaming media is a whole
new ball game..."