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LinuxToday.com.au: Microsoft Reality Check

May 01, 2000, 16:47 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bill Bennett)

[ Thanks to Mike Cannon-Brookes for this link. ]

"So far the wider public debate has been mainly concerned with which and how many parts should be cut from the carcass of Microsoft's "500lb gorilla". Let's look at the options and what they mean for the Linux community:"

"Slice Windows from Microsoft... The big question from a Linux perspective is whether, freed from its Windows obligations, the rump company would develop Linux versions of key Microsoft applications. ...even if you regard Linux as being strictly for servers, having access to Microsoft applications and tools will break down board level and CIO resistance to Linux."

"Cast Internet Explorer Adrift... I can barely believe anyone would be stupid enough to seriously suggest this as a remedy. ... It would be more significant if this remedy were extended to include all Internet server software too."

"Three Baby Bills... The interesting thing about this solution is that it flattens the software industry playing field. ... From a Linux point of view this solution would see real competition enter the market."

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