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osOpinion: The Enemy of my Enemy is my Friend

Mar 22, 2000, 06:27 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Nadeau)

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"In the world of Open Source, for example, IBM believes that Linux will harm Microsoft much more than Linux will harm IBM. IBM's main customer base wants carefully controlled, slowly-evolving applications, which ideally match IBM's relatively cautious development approach and longer product release cycles. Therefore, IBM does not view Linux as a threat of lost income to IBM's core customer base. However, IBM's non-core customers are being tapped by Microsoft.... So IBM needs an ally who can undermine Microsoft's seeming cost advantage on the low end. (Of course, any cost advantage of Microsoft products over IBM products is merely looking at short-term entry costs, not maintenance issues, security costs, and forced upgrades by Microsoft.)"

"So we have the ultimate "odd couple" of the PC industry, IBM and Linux, as sincere partners. Linux gains credibility, IBM gains leverage against MS. But there's somebody in this industry who just doesn't get it. That somebody is Sun Microsystems."

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