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WideOpenNews.com: Microsoft Breakup Would Help Linux

Apr 24, 2000, 20:10 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Anne Speedie)

"If Microsoft is broken up into two to three separate companies, Linux would no doubt benefit from the newly found competition."

"The media loves a good David and Goliath story, which is why you'll find Linux so frequently mentioned in stories covering the Microsoft antitrust trial. Ever since Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson issued his findings of fact in November, there has been talk of a Microsoft breakup and what it would mean for Linux. Now it seems some sort of company restructuring is more than likely as a remedy is handed down. And this could be good news for Linux...."

"Clearly, the proposed Windows OS company would not, as a direct competitor, grant Linux any favors. Windows server operating systems, NT and 2000, already face stiff competition from Linux. But Linux on the desktop remains woefully behind Windows in market penetration, due for the most part to the lack of polished applications available for the open source OS. That's where the separate Microsoft applications company comes in: unencumbered by company loyalty to its own OS, the new company would want to increase market penetration as much as possible. Surely, it would be in the new company's self-interest to port applications such as Office, which includes Excel, Word, and PowerPoint, to Linux."

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