"Although the wisdom of today's government proposals remains
an open question, competitors that have long endured Microsoft's
dominance could not help but relish the moment."
"Industry rivals responded with glee to the prospect of major
punishment for Microsoft. Many of them--notably Sun Microsystems
and several companies that sell the Linux operating system--have
offered advice on how to deal with the situation."
"This is a happy day," said Royce Bybee, vice president of sales
and marketing at Caldera Systems. The Linux seller's stock rose
from $13 to $14 in after-hours trading today, buoyed by the
Department of Justice's recommendation that Microsoft be split into
two major parts. One part would handle Microsoft Windows, while the
other half would manage Microsoft's higher-level software, such as
Microsoft Office or Internet Explorer."
"Bernie Thompson, president of the newly created VistaSource
subsidiary of Applix, concurred that his Linux products would face
steeper competition if Microsoft Office for Linux arrived. "But I
think every competitor would welcome this tradeoff, in return for a
level playing field" in which companies like VistaSource could take
advantage of undocumented features of Windows."
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