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Slashdot: AOL Nation

Jan 12, 2000, 18:34 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jon Katz)

"If the AOL/Time-Warner merger is permitted, according to Scott Ehrens, one of Wall Street's most respected media analysts, it will represent "an unprecedented powerhouse. If their mantra is content, this alliance is unbeatable."

"The AOL/Time-Warner mantra is, in fact, content, along with delivery. But it isn't as clear whether it's unbeatable. If the IBM/Linux move hadn't been announced on the same day, yesterday would have gone down in history as one of the Net's darkest."

"But IBM's decision to Linux-enable its computers might mark an even more significant shift in the technology world. IBM's embrace of open source underscores the fact that Linux is no longer a fringe technology. The age of proprietorship may have ended yesterday, as a hoary corporation appeared to emerge Godzilla-style from the muck."

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