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The Pulpit: Tactics Versus Strategy

Sep 03, 1999, 05:27 (19 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robert X. Cringely)

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"Why Microsoft and Intel Both Lost Ground This Week to the Open Source Movement."

"Never fight a land war in Asia. Never invade Russia in the fall. Whenever possible avoid wars on two fronts. Alexander, Hitler, Napoleon and George McNamara all learned various combinations of these lessons of engagement, but Microsoft apparently hasn't, having fallen a bit further behind this week to the Open Source Liberation Army. And in a very peculiar way, Microsoft's countermeasures can't help, but make life harder for an old friend -- Intel."

"Some of the news was obvious, some subtle. The obvious part was Sun Microsystems' purchase of Star Office, an application suite that runs on a variety of platforms, but mainly on Linux. Star Office, while simpler than Microsoft Office has the advantages of being, well, simpler than Microsoft Office. And of course, the price is right. But even more importantly, Sun will be opening-up the Star Office source code, which should result in a thousand upgrades blooming -- each one another headache for Microsoft."

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