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osOpinion: Redhat vs Microsoft: Community Relations

Nov 23, 1999, 05:38 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David J. Goehrig)

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"In the last few weeks, many people in the media have expounded upon the end of the Microsoft era. It is now clear that, Penfield's recent appointment of Posner as mediator largely assures that Microsoft shall not meet the same fate as Ma Bell. As Bill Gates has also made it clear that Microsoft will not settle for any sort of government regulation, the mediation process will probably have very little real effect."

"On the other side of the coin, in an antipodal galaxy, Redhat revealed that it was consuming Cygnus, the driving force behind gcc development. Many of the same forces in the media that have been trumping the end of the Microsoft era, promptly suggested that Redhat might be guilty of emulating Microsoft. Redhat's uncharacteristically pathetic release of 6.1, and recent IPO has flamed the fears that Redhat has gone over to the Dark Side of the Force. Unfortunately for Redhat, even if they were to strike a deal with the devil, they couldn't win."

"Both Microsoft and Redhat have found their Achilles' heel, the community in which they live. Microsoft has spent vast amounts of wealth and plenty of muscle to bully every other kid on the block that it didn't already own or could buy. In then end, Microsoft ticked-off far too many wealthy and influential people, and the biggest fish in the pond, the US Government began to throw its weight around, at least be seen "protecting" the interests of the community at large."

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