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Linux Journal: RealNetworks' Open-Source Strategy: Talking Infrastructure with Rob Glaser

Aug 12, 2002, 16:00 (7 Talkback[s])
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"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 categories.

"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 everybody.

"Real went with the geeks, and now streaming media is a whole new ball game..."

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