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Linux.com: Microsoft Monopoly Musings

Apr 05, 2000, 16:40 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Michie)

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"I'd expected Microsoft to put up a greater fight than it has to date. It seems apparent that Microsoft executives have lost touch with reality. The rank and file seems to be more clued in on trends in the industry. The Halloween documents, written by a former Microsoft engineer, were a brilliant analysis of Linux and open source trends. If upper management had followed through on some of the recommendations, Linux would have had a steeper mountain to climb in the fight for corporate acceptance."

"Microsoft probably could have settled this case long ago and eventually weaseled out of it, like they did with previous consent decrees. Unfortunately for their customers, Microsoft had become arrogant. They had their desktop monopoly, and despite claims of innovation they were playing a different game. Microsoft would wait until someone actually innovated, and then would buy the innovators or force them out of business."

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