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Upside: Linux's Consolidation Wave

Feb 09, 2000, 23:31 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Williams)

"Less than six months out of the Wall Street gate, the sector is already undergoing its first consolidation wave. Like pet owners watching a baby boa constrictor devour its first mouse, open-source proponents witnessing the latest Corel-Inprise, VA Linux-Andover, Red Hat-Cygnus feeding frenzy don't know whether to shed tears of pride or start sleeping with the lights on."

"Whatever they decide to do, they can take comfort in one fact. The observed behavior is perfectly natural behavior, even for young companies bred to rebel against the traditional "you will be assimilated" Microsoft corporate message...."

"The one thing we know about mergers is that they come in waves," Sirower says. "By definition, companies that hadn't been doing deals a few years ago are suddenly doing them. That means you've got new players involved with the economics of acquisition, opening up more opportunities for mistakes."

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