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Salon: Microsoft, Mahir and Money, Money, Money

Dec 15, 1999, 06:29 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andrew Leonard AndKaitlin Quistgaard, Janelle Brown, Mark Gimein)

"A software superpower is declared a monopoly, free software rakes in billions and money makes the world go round: The year in tech."

"Could there have been any bigger story in the tech world in 1999 than Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson's definitive declaration on Nov. 6 that Microsoft is a monopoly? Not likely, although Jackson's stronger-than-expected denunciation of Microsoft was considerably watered down just a few weeks later, when he appointed a noted foe of antitrust enforcement, Judge Richard Posner, as a mediator between Bill Gates and the Department of Justice...."

"In 1999, free software -- software for which the underlying source code is by definition always publicly available and free -- became big business. Before Red Hat (the leading U.S. distributor of packages of Linux-based operating systems) went public in August, you could still dismiss the argument that there was money to be made in free software as so much hype. You would have been wrong, but at least you wouldn't have been laughed out of cyberspace."

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