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ZDNet: Evan Leibovitch -- Elian, Microsoft and Linux [MS Breakup "Just Dumb"]

Apr 26, 2000, 11:14 (16 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Evan Leibovitch)

"In the part that's relevant to the Linux world, it seems that the DOJ and the 19 states involved in the antitrust action smell blood. Buoyed by Judge Jackson's rulings, prosecutors may be pushing for a two- or three-way split of Microsoft. Maybe the government just has a penchant for violent family breakups. They're certainly dramatic and make for great sound bites, but are they the best answer?"

"At this point I agree with Microsoft, one of the few times I ever anticipate doing so. A split of Big Bill into two or three Baby Bills offers few gains for those who compete against them. To me it's just dumb."

"Having two smaller, dirty-playing bullies doesn't strike me as creating a more competitive environment than having one big bully. The operating system vendor piece, in whatever form it takes, will still be left free use the same kinds of tactics that led to the Caldera lawsuit and to the original spat with Netscape that started the DOJ action in the first place. The OS arm will still have more than 90 percent of the desktop space, and will be able to lead hardware vendors and application vendors around by their corporate noses."

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